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What should you do if your child has a fever?

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Acetaminophen can lower your child's temperature. If he's older than 2, the dose will be listed on the label. If he's younger, ask your doctor how much to give him.

Ibuprofen is another option if your child is at least 6 months old.

There's a lot you can do to make him feel better. Put a cool compress on his head and keep his room at a moderate temperature -- not too hot and not too cold. Dress him in one layer of light clothing and offer a light blanket. You can also cool him off with a lukewarm sponge bath.

And don't forget -- make sure he drinks a lot of fluids.

SOURCES:

Lisa M. Asta, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Pediatrics; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, University of California San Francisco.

HealthyChildren.org: "When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever," "Best Ways to Take a Temperature," "How to Take a Child's Temperature."

Children's Physicians Network: "Fever."

Seattle Children's: "Should Your Child See a Doctor? Fever."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Lisa M. Asta, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Pediatrics; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, University of California San Francisco.

HealthyChildren.org: "When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever," "Best Ways to Take a Temperature," "How to Take a Child's Temperature."

Children's Physicians Network: "Fever."

Seattle Children's: "Should Your Child See a Doctor? Fever."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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