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What can I do for my child at home if he or she has a fever?

Home remedies, such as a tepid bath, are rarely necessary to treat fevers and have not been shown to be effective in lowering temperatures. Keeping your child well hydrated, well rested and comfortable is usually the best treatment.

Consider that fever can be protective. Theoretically, the fever causes a hostile environment for the virus, thus helping limit the disease. So what I usually tell my patient's parents is that if the child is acting and playing normally, don't treat the fever unless the temperature is greater than 103. Otherwise treat how the child feels. If the child has aches and pains and has a fever then go ahead and give the recommended dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

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