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Child Care & First Aid : How to Bring a Fever Down

November 18, 2019


You’re miserable. You’ve got a fever. My name
is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP, Health and Wellness Consultant, and I’m here to talk a little
bit, about how you can bring the fever down. One of the first things to consider when you’ve
got a fever, is fluids. You want to make sure that you’re getting plenty of water. That’s
at least a minimum, of one ounce of water, for every two pounds that you weigh, a day.
You can drink it in plain water format. You can drink an electrolyte solution, you could
drink a diluted juice. Anything that gets fluids into your body, is good when you have
a fever. Secondly, it’s important to know how high is your fever? Fevers actually work
for you. They help your body create an environment, where bacteria and viruses don’t like to grow,
so personally, for myself and my children, and my patients, I recommend not doing anything,
if you can help it, if your fever is 102 degrees or less, other than of course the water, but
if your fever is higher than that, or if you’re just too uncomfortable, then here are a couple
of other strategies. One is a cool, or what we call tepid bath, and you can do this for
yourself, or your child. Just have the water be kind of lukewarm, less warm than they are,
and have them sit in the bathtub, and just relax in there, or play. That will help bring
the fever down. The next thing you can do, is to take over the counter, we call them
antipyretics. These are things like Tylenol, Motrin, and aspirin. Of course, you don’t
ever want to give a child under 16 years old, aspirin, because it can cause Reye’s Syndrome,
which can result in death. You can use Tylenol. You can use Motrin, and you can alternate
them, so you could give Tylenol at two o’clock, and Motrin at four o’clock, if the fever is
still high, and you can’t bring it down. However, if you have a fever that’s over 102, and it’s
staying over 102, for your child or yourself, and it’s lasting more than a day or so, and
you don’t think it’s the flu, or something that you know for sure what you’re dealing
with, I would advise you to call your doctor, or your pediatrician, and get their advice,
on what you ought to be doing, so we’ve talked about liquids, we’ve talked about baths, and
we’ve talked about analgesics. My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP, and I hope that you
feel better, sooner than later.

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4 Comments

  • Reply djsteiniii April 30, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Thank you, Nurse Bitterman, for the helpful video

  • Reply Vaelorid July 11, 2011 at 3:00 am

    we know what water is you don't need to show thumbs up if agree

  • Reply Teresa Werth September 8, 2017 at 12:31 am

    How about a nice, cozy, warm blanket, will that help a fever or make the fever worse?

  • Reply Abdou Lounis June 14, 2018 at 4:59 am

    With experience put your Bebe shocks in vinaigre give him or here to wear all night you see natural results take care.

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