Sponge Bath for a Child's Fever - Topic Overview
A sponge bath may be given if:
- Your child's fever is
104°F (40°C) or higher and
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen has not lowered the temperature
- Your child is very uncomfortable.
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.