Acetaminophen or ibuprofen has not lowered the temperature
Your child is very uncomfortable.
Give your child an appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen before giving
him or her a sponge bath. Wait 30 minutes to see whether the medicine brings
the child's fever below
Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Give a sponge bath as follows:
Use lukewarm water [90°F (32.2°C) to
. Do not use cold
water, ice, or rubbing alcohol, which will lower the child's body temperature
Sponge for 20 to 30 minutes.
Stop if the
child starts to shiver.
If your child doesn't like the sponge bath or doesn't feel better
after the bath, there is no need to give another one.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine