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    Fever or Chills, Age 11 and Younger - Home Treatment

    Children ages 1 through 11

    • Make sure your child is drinking often. Frequent, small amounts work best.
    • Allow your child to drink as much fluid as he or she wants. Encourage your child to drink extra fluids or suck on flavored ice pops, such as Popsicles. Note: Do not give your child fruit juice or soda pop. Fruit juice and soda pop contain too much sugar and not enough of the essential minerals (electrolytes) that are being lost. Diet soda pop lacks calories that your child needs.
    • Cereal mixed with milk or water may also be used to replace lost fluids.
    • If your child still is not getting enough fluids, you can try an oral rehydration solution (ORS).

    Keep your child comfortable

    Lowering your child's temperature is important when the fever is causing discomfort. If your child is uncomfortable:

    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

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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