How to Treat Fever

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

About fever

Bringing down a fever will make the person feel better and help patients rest.

Treating a fever without medicine

    * Put a cool, damp washcloth on their forehead.
    * Wash their arms and body with a cool cloth.
    * Give the person a slightly warm bath.

Treating a high fever with medicine

    * Look for the ingredients "acetaminophen" or "ibuprofen" on labels.
    * These medicines may take 30 to 45 minutes to start working. They may not bring fevers down to normal temperature.

When a fever causes a seizure

A seizure makes you have jerky spasms and can also make you pass out. In rare cases, a fever can bring on a seizure, called a "febrile seizure." Seizures brought on by fever are more common in young children. Call the doctor or get medical help for seizures.


Any child younger than 3 months who has a fever should see a doctor.

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