Give your child an appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen before giving
him or her a sponge bath. Wait 30 minutes to see whether the medicine brings
the child's fever below
Give a sponge bath as follows:
Use lukewarm water [90°F (32.2°C) to
. Do not use cold
water, ice, or rubbing alcohol, which will lower the child's body temperature
Sponge for 20 to 30 minutes.
Stop if the
child starts to shiver.
If your child doesn't like the sponge bath or doesn't feel better
after the bath, there is no need to give another one.
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