There are non-medical approaches to lower your child’s fever to help you avoid medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Keep in mind, reducing your child’s fever does not address the main illness or problem. (A fever can actually help fight off an infection.) However, if the child’s temperature is high enough to cause discomfort or dehydration, lowering the fever can help.
Give these methods a try:
● Put a cool washcloth on your child’s forehead.
● A lukewarm bath can bring the temperature down. Don’t use cold water because it can make your child shiver and cause the temperature to rise. Additionally, don’t use rubbing alcohol (an old home remedy). This can also make the body temperature rise and lead to alcohol poisoning.
● Plenty of fluids and chilled foods, like popsicles or yogurt, can cool your child’s body and help with hydration.
● Use a fan. However, keep the fan at a low setting and let it circulate the air around your child to keep them from becoming too cold.
● Remove a few layers of clothing. This can help your child lose body heat easier. A
light layer can also work. If your child is shivering, use a blanket to get them warm again.
● Stay in a cool place inside your home. Or, stay in the shade if you’re outside.