my 1 year old has temp how do I get it down...
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Sarah - posted on 02/21/2015
Children get very high fevers and tolerate them without complications. Febrile seizures, while scary are not particularly dangerous. A temp of 104 is not uncommon. You can give your child a tepid water bath, not cold, and use cool cloths at the groin, forehead and armpits.
Remember though that a fever serves a purpose. The hypothalamus will raise body temperature in order to fight infection, whether bacterial or viral. To bring the fever down will make your child feel more comfortable but defeats the purpose of the increased temperature. A hot fevered child will sleep, and that's is what a sick child needs to do, rest. Keep the your little one hydrated with popsicles, water or whatever tastes good to the child. If you child is so lethargic you cannot rouse him, starts to get dehydrated, or is confused or hallucinating, call your doctor.
Dove - posted on 02/21/2015
How warm? Depending on the temp I don't even usually give meds to a toddler and older. A cool, damp washcloth on the forehead has comforted my son through many fevers (since he went through a couple of years of REFUSING to take the meds... even though it was 103).
Brittan - posted on 02/21/2015
Call the nurse advice line at your local children's hospital or many insurance carriers have them. Turning the AC on cold blast (even in winter), and stripping most of his clothes off always worked for me. Alternating Advil with Tylenol helped keep a temp down too.
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