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How to Break a Fever

How to Treat & Reduce a Fever

Treating your baby’s fever doesn’t have
to involve a trip to the doctor.


It can feel like a lifetime goes by while you’re waiting for that thermometer to beep. What can you do to make him or her feel better?
Infant fever symptoms can usually be managed in the comfort of your home.

How hot is too hot? Call the doctor if:

Your infant is younger than 3 months old with a fever above 100.4° F.

Your child’s fever repeatedly rises to above 104° F.

Your child has high fever symptoms such as severe headache, severe sore throat, severe ear pain, repeated vomiting or diarrhea, an unexplained rash, or a stiff neck.

Your child is younger than 2 years old, and the fever lasts more than 24 hours.

Your child is more than 2 years old, and the fever lasts more than 72 hours.

Breaking a fever can take time. If your little one is experiencing symptoms, try these home remedies to help reduce your baby's fever.

A lukewarm sponge bath (stop if your child starts to shiver).

Lots of liquids.

Light clothing and lower room temperatures.

Rest — in most cases, you shouldn’t wake a sleeping child to give them fever medicine.

Patience — typically, a fever will go away on its own in 2 or 3 days.

If your child has a fever and is uncomfortable, you can consider using fever reducers such as acetaminophen (found in Infants' and Children's TYLENOL® products) or ibuprofen (found in Infants' and Children's MOTRIN® products). If your child is under 2 years of age, be sure to ask your doctor before giving your child Infants' TYLENOL®.

Related Articles on Baby Fever:
Comforting a Fever
Fever Warning Signs
Treating and Measuring Fevers

*If you have any questions, talk to your pediatrician.

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