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Do you do fever reducers at all? I always wait until the fever either hits 103 or over or if the child seems really unable to rest. But there is a school of thought to ride the fever out, too. If you are really concerned, a sponge bath with rubbing alcohol, especially at pulse points may be able to help. Does the baby seem in any pain at all? Any tender spots on abdomen? You can always call your DR and just talk to a nurse or doc without having to bring baby in, they can walk you thru what to do and when to take babe in if things turn. Good peace of mind. Good luck. It's nerve wracking to have a sick one and not know what's causing symptoms. On the plus side, my little ones always had a huge developmental shift after fevers. Seriously.
|The alcohol rub is now considered dangerous since alcohol can be absorbed through the skin and cause intoxication. The best ways to lower temperature include:
* Pushing fluids. Babies should continue drinking breast milk or formula; older children can have water, juice, Jell-O, ice cubes, Popsicles, or flat 7UP.
* Keeping them cool by removing heavy clothing and blankets and by turning on a fan.
* Giving medication to lover fever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
* Trying a sponge bath that contains an inch or two of lukewarm water.
One medication to avoid is in lowering body temperature is aspirin (including children's aspirin), which has been linked with Reye's syndrome in children and
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