My daughter has been running a temp of 102.2 and doctors say don't administer medicine. What do I do? I haveb been giving her Motrin because I hate her being sick. Is there anything to make her feel comfortable while she is sick?

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Amanda - posted on 04/24/2009

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i have six kids if they run fevers like this i do the motrin and tylenol have for 12 years! you can actually do it every 2 hours from what my doctor told me bc its not the same meds i usually did it every 3-4 depending on how fast the fever came back and how high!

Blanca - posted on 04/24/2009

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what? how could your dr. say so-my dr. told me to give my son tylenol and motrin-read the label I believe motrin was every 8 hours depending on your child's age-and tylenol every 4 or six hours. Make sure you give it exactly as it says on the label. have your child with light clothing- hopefully something works-good luck-try another Dr. good luck

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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The doctors dont consider a fever serious unless it reach 104. But, childrens tylenol is really good 2 use and lots of juice.

Rowines - posted on 04/24/2009

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It is best to rotate between tylenol and motrin it has something to do with damaging the liver!!! I learned that last month when my son had surgery for his circumsission or however you spell it. My son has been with a fever for the past three days and I couldnt figure out what was wrong until he opened his mouth wide enough for me to see that he is growing his first molar!!!! I have been giving him both tylenol and motrin and giving him warm/cool baths (he hates it but it helps) also because of the fevers I have stopped giving him milk since milk keeps the fever in. Just give your little one water and juice. If the fever is still not going down and you still don't know the reason of the fever take her to the hospital is could be something serious. My daughter was born with kidney reflux and we didn't know anything about it until she was 3months old and her fever wouldn't go down after 2 days. Fever is a sign that the body is trying to fight off an infection. My personal advice is do NOT litsen to what your child's ped said on no meds!!! If your child starts to convulse it could be serious and going to the e.r. would a necessary thing. They say a child with a fever of over 100 should be taken to the hospital. But if you can, try to figure out if maybe its due to teething or an ear infection. Good luck with everthing!!!! = )

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2009

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the reason your doc may have said no meds is because if the fever is due to something like an infection or an illness than the meds will bring it down and mask the symptoms. This being said if your doctor said no meds he should be looking closely at him to figure out why the fever is high. if he has not looked at him to close than I would not know why he said no meds

Cheryl - posted on 04/24/2009

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Do you believe in the power of prayer? Try it Pray over her everyday that the lord will heal her of her sickness and ask God to be her comforter! You know sometimes we think that medicine is always the answer to feeling better and I do believe that God made man to make meds to help his children feel somewhat better, but there is only ONE TRUE PHYSCIAN and thats the MAN UP STAIRS! :) Put your faith in him and believe that God will heal your child and he will. Children are precious and sometimes I think that God would like us to come to him for help. Thats my suggestion! It worked for me :) God bless you and hope she feels better.

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting Ashley:



Quoting Shamera:

My boys Doc. told me to alt. tylenol and motrin every 2hrs. I also put them in a luc- warm bath until you can feel them cooling off. Keep them in light clothing and make them drink lots of liquids (room temp.) Good luck





i am so sorry, but you can only give Tylenol every four to six hours and motrin every six to eight hours.  You should not give both at the same time unless directed by a doctor at that time and giving it more frequently than recommended will cause permanent liver and kidney damage.  



 






Motrin is ok every 4 hours. Its time of action is 6-8 hours but giving it every 4 hours for a few days will not cause permanent kidney damage, so alternating between tylenol and motrin every 2hours is ok. Usually tylenol works best on fevers 102 or less and motrin is great for fevers greater than 102. Fevers of 102 will make usually make the child uncomfortable so I don't see any point in not treating.

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Quoting Veronica:

i used to feed my daugter pear (fruit) once/twice a day everyday,or fresh orange juice and green leaf veggie soup,or plain porridge with light soya sauce, drink lots of water (not cold or iced), avoid chicken soup and fried food. try cool strip too (the one you place on her forehead to keep her temp lower a bit,sold at pharmacy/convenience stores). does she poop while she's not well? if not, you must give her Dulcolax, because if she doesn't poop at all, the heat in her body won't come out. Good Luck.



Veronica, I mean no offense by this but I just wanted to address the Dulcolax thing.  First of all, having a bowel movement has nothing to do with bringing down the body's temperature. Also, I looked up Dulcolax and read the instructions (for the stool softener) and it says to ask a doctor before giving to a child under the age of 2.  Again, pooping has nothing to do with releasing the heat from anyone's body.  It can actually make your temp go UP if you strain and that's temporary.  Personally, even if constipation were an issue for Tamika's daughter, I would definitely suggest natural remedies or that she consult her doctor before taking any kind of OTC laxative. 

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I dont know how old your son is, but my son went through something similar with a fever for 5 days! I would come down with Tylenol but never completely gone and my doc started every test under the sun but never gave us antibotics. He just had a virus. Also, how are you taking the fever? I was taking by ear, but still rectaly is the best.

When we though he had a 105 fever one night, the night ped on call had us take his temp the old fashioned way and it was alot lower! Your doc may be thinking this and feel that tylenol or motrin is not needed for a lower grade fever. Hope he is better soon!

Veronica - posted on 04/24/2009

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i used to feed my daugter pear (fruit) once/twice a day everyday,or fresh orange juice and green leaf veggie soup,or plain porridge with light soya sauce, drink lots of water (not cold or iced), avoid chicken soup and fried food. try cool strip too (the one you place on her forehead to keep her temp lower a bit,sold at pharmacy/convenience stores). does she poop while she's not well? if not, you must give her Dulcolax, because if she doesn't poop at all, the heat in her body won't come out. Good Luck.

Ami - posted on 04/24/2009

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Give her baths. It will cool her body down with the temperature. Don't make the bath water to hot but just warm. This should help. I give my daughter motrin when she gets fevers too.

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Last Saturday my son woke up from his afternoon nap burning up. His temp was 101.9 under the arm. The directions for the thermometer say to add a degree if you take the temp under the arm so that put his temp up to 102.9. This is the first time he's ever had such a high fever so I immediately got out my books and got online to see what to do. First of all, I don't know why your doctor would tell you not to give her anything. From everything I read, acetomenophen is a fever reducer and comes in infant formula. I gave my son a dose of Infant Tylenol and made a luke warm bath. Then I dressed him in pj's that were long pants and short sleeves and a thin material. That way he was covered but wouldn't get too overheated. I could tell he didn't feel well because he just wanted to lay on me instead of playing. I kept a cool damp wash cloth with me and kept putting it on his face and back of his neck. When we put him to bed, I just went in every 3 hours or so through out the night to touch him and I could feel his temp going down. The next morning he was back to normal. From everything I read, take your daughter to the doctor if the fever gets over 103. You also have to look at her other symptoms. If she's throwing up, coughing, has glazed eyes or any other symptoms along with a high fever then follow your instincts and do what you think is best. Here are a few websites that I found helpful:

http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/...



http://health.bizhat.com/infant_fever.ht...



http://www.ehow.com/how_2304775_reduce-t...



http://www.parents.com/toddlers/health-a...



There are a BUNCH more websites that I looked at but those are just a few of the more helpful ones. For me, knowledge is power and we have knowledge at our fingertips with the computer. I hope these websites help to ease your worries (as they did mine) but also give you tips on how to ease your daughter's fever. Hopefully she'll be feeling better soon!

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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I agree with Shaneen! Just watch her closely! I spoke with the doc about it and that is exactly what she said too.

Shaneen - posted on 04/24/2009

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I'm assuming that the reason they are telling you no meds is because the fever is her body's way of fighting and killing the sickness. In babies over a year under 103 ( if I remember correctly) is when you start giving meds unless the fever is caused by something that it wont help like teething or something she is on a prescription for.
Keep her in a cool outfit or naked, keep her resting, drinking lots of fluid and you could always put a cool cloth on her forehead, back, nape. Hope she's feeling better!

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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My daughter and son have it too. had the fever for 4 days and now its a horrible runny nose and cough. We gave her tylenol for the pain during the night, but let it run it's course in hopes of it breaking sooner. It never got higher than 102.2. Lots of liquiids and no dairy also...

Elizabeth - posted on 04/24/2009

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Try to get her into a cool not cold bath and keep the clothing and blankets as light as possible. Make sure you give her lots of water the fever dehydrates them and go easy on Milk. I hope she feels better.

Nicole - posted on 04/24/2009

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it depends how old she is. but you can rotate between motrin and tylenol, the tylenol every 4 hrs and the motrin every 6-8 hrs. they can also be given at the same time. Also maybe try a cool sponge bath

Christine - posted on 04/24/2009

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We have been told by our ped. that this is not a good thing to do switch back and forth with over-the-counter pain relievers in infants and toddlers. You're supposed to pick tylenol, or motrin and stick with it. I think the main concern is over-dosage. Good luck. Hope she feels better soon, and if not don't be shy about calling the doctor back and demanding an appointment with someone to get her checked out--momma knows when something is truly wrong. Trust your instincts that way.

Sonja - posted on 04/24/2009

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My 10 month old was running a fever of 102 maybe a little over a month ago. I gave her Motrin and it would break the fever. She was teething at the time but her doctor said that when they are teething they shouldn't run a fever that high. I had to end up taking her to the doctor 2 times before he gave her an antibiotic and after taking that for a whole day, she was much better. She did have other symptoms like a little cough and congestion though.

Terra - posted on 04/24/2009

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put her in a luke warm bath tub with toys and let her play intil the water cools down it normally takes the fever with it, have used it many times with my daughter, the fever will not stay gone though but gives you ample time to admin. tylenol or childrens motrin, those are the best two, my daughter is now 16--good luck!

Selena - posted on 04/24/2009

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Honey,

Sometimes you just have to use mother's intuition. You don't want to wait for a seizure, etc. Give that baby some children's Tylenol. Go by the age of the child and dose appropriately. Fevers are uncomfortable and usually there is a reason for fever. Find out why there is a fever. Ear infection, respiratory infection, etc., a fever is the body's way of fighting infection. You can also apply cool rags to the head, neck, groin and arm pits for cooling measures. Good luck!!!!!!

Natascha - posted on 04/24/2009

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Keep her in bed and i know it sounds old school but take a face cloth and soak it in cold watep dry it out rol it up and put it on her fore head to break the tempt keep it cold every now and again

Veronique - posted on 04/24/2009

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ADVIL IS THE FEVER BREAKER!!!!

i know alot about medication,my son was hospitalised cause he almost died from a cold....

advil is the fever breaker,and tylenol is better for pain....if the fever persist for more then 48 hours,go to the hospital....

Anne - posted on 04/24/2009

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You are the mum and no one knows your child like you do. There is nothing wrong with giving your baby/child paracetamol. This will help reduce the fever. Put your baby in light clothing and do not completely strip them off (singlet and nappy is fine). A tempid bath with a bit of vinegar helps. Make sure your baby is drinking more than usual as dehydration can occur very quickly in unwell babies. Keep an eye on how many wet nappies she has because if it is less than normal she could be dehydrated. If you baby is vomiting or has the runny poo's take her back to the doctor or another doctor for a second opinion. If she has a viral infection no antibiotics will work. Just keep your eye on her for febrile convulsions. If it does occur roll her on her side and hold her there till it passes and ring for an ambulance. Hope all goes well xoxoxox

Lindsay - posted on 04/24/2009

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my daughter did that a few weeks ago for 5 days on trot at night - my health visotor saidf to keep her cool strip down to vest and knickers/nappy and keep fluids up and bathe her in tepid water and to give her medissed which has a light sedative in it.

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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Hi from Sout Africa,



I have 4 kids, and have weathered quite a few nasty fevers. I usually use meds, but have found that a luke-warm bath (not hot or cold), with about 1/2 a bottle of brown vinigar works. sponge her down in the bath for about 10 minites, then dry her abd dress her is cool clothing. I have found this sometimes works better than meds. Good luck and stay strong!

Courtney - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have always used Motrin and then given tylenol 2hours later. That is what my Dr. has suggested if they have a strong fever that doesn't want to break. Alternate, tylenol and IB aren't the same meds so you don't have to worry about over dosing them. However I alwas feel mommy's instict's are best. If you aren't getting satisfactory answers from ped or fa Dr. Tke them to the hospital. It is pretty abnormal for a child to run a temp like that for multiple days! Hope this helps and doesn't reak you out.

Tabitha - posted on 04/23/2009

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Why are the doctors saying don't give her any medicine? Not to scare you but my youngest fell asleep with a fever and at 2:30 a.m. my husband was on the phone to 911 because she was having a febril seizure and we took the scariest ride of my life. Try to keep her body temp down as much as possible by letting her sleep in a diaper/panties with a light cover.

LeeOra - posted on 04/23/2009

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If you are going to give medicine rotate motrin with tylenol every 4 hours. Instead of a cool bath put them in a lukewarm bath. I would only do this if the temp. continues to rise because it is uncomfortable for the child.

User - posted on 04/23/2009

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get another opinion, and let them know who the other doctor is and tell them your very worried

Karen - posted on 04/23/2009

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I refuse to give any advice on medications...every child is different and I don't know if you really want to experiment! However, a bath can work wonders! I was very nervous when my 3 yr. old had a very high fever and called the dr. in the middle of the night. He advised me to give her a SPONGE bath in ROOM TEMP. water. Giving a sponge bath, rubbing/massaging the skin will help the circulation and help the body release heat. He told me she would cry but it was the best way to go. I followed the advice and her fever went down.

Lindsay - posted on 04/23/2009

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Put a cool cloth on the hottest part of the body...the underarms, groin area, and forehead. It will reduce the temp almost immediately!

Tammy - posted on 04/23/2009

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I believe that the doctors way of thinking is the fever is necessary in order to fight off the sickness. I would take half of his advice and give your child half a recommended dose of children's pain reliever.

Jessica - posted on 04/23/2009

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you can also alternate between Motrin and Tylenol if the fever is high enough! That is what my Pediatrician recommends:-)

Nattalie - posted on 04/23/2009

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Hi, I would not listen to this doctor, get a second opinion, you can never be to careful with temperatures that high. Poor darlin, another tip is to cool the palms of the hands, the back of neck, with a frozen face cloth, it feels nice. Watch for dehydration,, pinch the skin up on the back of the hand if it does not go straight back down, they are becoming dehydrated. Of course give them medicine to bring down the temp, it should be first thing done. Good luck honey, hope she gets well soon.

Jeanne - posted on 04/23/2009

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I would try a lukewarm bath and depending on how old your daughter is and if she can keep anything down, make her drink warm fluids, like chicken, beef or vegetable broth as this will actually help her feel cooler. If the fever has not broken in a couple of days I would see the doctor again. And now is the time for a little extra TLC.

Ashley - posted on 04/23/2009

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There are two schools of thought - treat the fever to keep a child comfortable, or allow the fever to continue as long as it is under 105 and there are no convulsions (or treat it non-medically). Personally, I adhere to the latter and rarely treat a fever because it does assist in fighting the infection. I do cool rags, and lukewarm baths if it needs to come down soon. Fever medicines are safe when used properly - but be careful alternating Tylenol and Motrin because it can be confusing to do one ever 4 to 6 and the other ever 6 to 8. They are dangerous if over-used.

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You have to be careful with motrin because alot of deaths have been happen with children because of overdose....One thing i know for a fact that should help is an old remedy RUBBING ALCOHOL in a LUKE WARM bath! MY daughters fevers were always a high of around 103-104! (Bad Ear infections) If you ask a Dr. about it they say no or they dont recommend it but i called a hospital and they said the only reason they dont prefer it is because its like giving ur child a sip of alcohol But it does not harm the child in any way! i normally take the bottle of rubbing alcohol and shake it around over the bath and poor a little on a rag and lay it on her back! Its Never failed for me! =) I hope this helps and ur baby girl is feeling better soon!


Rubbing alcohol absolutely should never be used to reduce fever. Isopropyl alcohol is poisonous, and it can be absorbed quickly into the skin and there are many case reports of children dying from this. That's why the AAP does not recommend it. Absolutely not worth the risk!



http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/07/health...



 



 

Ashley - posted on 04/23/2009

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Quoting Shamera:

My boys Doc. told me to alt. tylenol and motrin every 2hrs. I also put them in a luc- warm bath until you can feel them cooling off. Keep them in light clothing and make them drink lots of liquids (room temp.) Good luck


i am so sorry, but you can only give Tylenol every four to six hours and motrin every six to eight hours.  You should not give both at the same time unless directed by a doctor at that time and giving it more frequently than recommended will cause permanent liver and kidney damage.  

Lisa - posted on 04/23/2009

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Well...a fever is doing a job, fighting an infection. If we always treat a fever, antibiotics will be necessary. Since we don't want to over medicate our kids...letting the fever do its job is the best, most natural way to go. Plenty of fluids...thin layers instead of heavy blankets, and my kids (all 6 of them) loved otter pops when they were feverish

Michelle - posted on 04/23/2009

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Instead of a "cold" bath try a luke warm bath...if it is too cold your childs body will tell it that it isnt warm enough and only contribute to her fever. Also make sure that you dry her off right after she gets out and put some loose/light weight clothes on. Make sure she gets plenty of fluids and rest and try not to let her get to wound up. I've had my

Dr. tell me the same thing. He said that unless my son had a temp of 104 degrees there was no need to administer tylenol or motrin. Children (except infants 3 months and younger) can withstand higher body temps then adults. His practice also believes that these medicines are over used by parents (us) that just want a quick fix. That (we) americans have gotten to a point where antibiotics and acetomenophine are "neccesary" when we are sick. That may have been why your daughter's dr. said not to. Who knows. : / Just make sure to keep an eye out for any temp too much higher then the 102.2 and hope she feels better soon..



PS....if shes old enough a popsicle would be perfect!

Tanya - posted on 04/23/2009

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I hope your daughter is feeling better and there really are some good tips on here for you just a few things to keep in mind. Never cool her too fast or she could go into a seizure. also the motrin and tylenol trick is a great one just make sure you are measuring them with the correct spoons or syringes b/c they are measured differently. Also I'm glad to hear that your Doc didn't put her on antibiotics just yet. they only cure bacterial infections wich rarely occur. so alot of Doc's perscribe them un necessarily and then when they need them they are not as eficient. the body grows immune to the antibiotics. one last thing don't give they OTC meds more then two days with out going back to the Doc. b/c it's bad for the kidneys if it]s over used.

Amanda - posted on 04/23/2009

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You can keep clothes off and use a cool cloth on the forehead and back. Another idea is to use a wet cloth and rub it all over their body and put them in front of a fan. I also use Tylenol or Advil (Motrin) apprpraie for their age...maybe your doctor was talking about anti biotics and the like.

Sandra - posted on 04/23/2009

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My childrens pediatrician always says that once you hit 102, you should give tylenol, and cool baths to bring down the temp. That, and if the child has been running a temp of 102+ for more than three days, the child should be seen by their doctor. Also, if you place a cold compress on the under side of the wristsm or the nape of the neck it will cool them down quicker as well. This will make them more comfortable.

Julie - posted on 04/23/2009

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Quoting Tamika:

My daughter has been running a temp of 102.2 and doctors say don't administer medicine. What do I do? I haveb been giving her Motrin because I hate her being sick. Is there anything to make her feel comfortable while she is sick?



i would keep giving her the motrin, how old is she? i don't understand why a doctor would say not to give her anything? does she have the flu or something



 

Erika - posted on 04/23/2009

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You have to be careful with motrin because alot of deaths have been happen with children because of overdose....One thing i know for a fact that should help is an old remedy RUBBING ALCOHOL in a LUKE WARM bath! MY daughters fevers were always a high of around 103-104! (Bad Ear infections) If you ask a Dr. about it they say no or they dont recommend it but i called a hospital and they said the only reason they dont prefer it is because its like giving ur child a sip of alcohol But it does not harm the child in any way! i normally take the bottle of rubbing alcohol and shake it around over the bath and poor a little on a rag and lay it on her back! Its Never failed for me! =) I hope this helps and ur baby girl is feeling better soon!

Shamera - posted on 04/23/2009

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My boys Doc. told me to alt. tylenol and motrin every 2hrs. I also put them in a luc- warm bath until you can feel them cooling off. Keep them in light clothing and make them drink lots of liquids (room temp.) Good luck

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