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What shouldn't you do if your child has a fever?

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If your child has a fever, never give him aspirin. It can cause a serious condition called Reye’s syndrome.

Avoid combination cold and flu remedies in young kids. They shouldn't be used in children under age 4. In older kids, it’s unclear how well they work.

If you decide to use cold medicine, read the label and pick the one that most closely matches your child’s symptoms. Don't switch back and forth between different medications without your pediatrician's OK.

Don't use an icy cold bath or rub your child's skin with alcohol. They can actually make a fever worse.

And even if your child has the chills, don't bundle him up with thick blankets or clothes.

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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