Fever, Age 3 and Younger - Home Treatment Keep your child comfortable
Lowering your child's
temperature is important when the fever is causing discomfort. If your child is
Medicine you can buy without a prescription Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your child's fever or pain:
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of
acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Safety tips Be sure to follow
these safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine: Carefully read and follow all labels on
the medicine bottle and box. Give, but do not exceed, the maximum
recommended doses. Do not give your child a medicine if he or she
has had an
allergic reaction to it in the past. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless directed to do so
by your child's doctor.
Do not give naproxen (such as Aleve) to children younger than age 12 unless your child's
doctor tells you to. Try giving your child a
sponge bath with lukewarm water. Do not use cold water, ice, or rubbing alcohol. Encourage quiet
activities. Watch for
signs of dehydration. These include your child being thirstier than usual and having darker urine than usual. Symptoms to watch for during home treatment Call your child's doctor if any of the following occur during home
treatment: Level of consciousness
changes. Your child has
signs of dehydration and is not able to drink
enough to replace lost fluids. Signs of dehydration include being thirstier than usual and having darker urine than usual. Other symptoms develop, such as pain in one area of the body,
shortness of breath, or urinary symptoms. Symptoms become more severe or frequent.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 07, 2013
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