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How to Reduce a Fever Naturally

Having a fever doesn't mean you have to run to the doctor. Here are some simple ways to bring your temperature down without medicine.

You will need

  • A bed or couch for sleeping
  • Water
  • A bathtub
  • Washcloths
  • Two pair of socks
  • A thermostat
  • A thermometer

Step 1 Get lots of rest Your body is running a high temperature because of an infection, so get plenty of rest. This lets your body concentrate fully on fighting the infection.

Step 2 Drink lots of fluids Drinking a lot of water – 10 8-ounce glasses a day at least when you’re sick – keeps your body hydrated, and will also lower your internal temperature.

Step 3 Take a lukewarm bath Take a nice lukewarm bath. Not too hot, which could escalate the fever, and not too cold, which could shock your system. This will lower your skin temperature gradually.

Step 4 Cool washcloths Place cool – not cold – washcloths on the wrists, under the arm, on the forehead, and over the groin. Using cool, damp rags over these four key areas will slowly cool the body.

Step 5 Put damp socks on your feet While you’re putting cool rags over various body parts, put a pair of cool, damp socks on your feet, with a dry pair over the top. This lets your ankles cool while still allowing you to walk around.

Step 6 Keep the home a moderate temperature Even though a person running a fever may feel cold, do not overheat the home. Instead, keep the house at a moderate temperature of 70 to 74 degrees.

Step 7 Don't wear heavy clothing A person running a fever should not wear heavy clothes or wrap themselves in heavy blankets. Doing so makes it difficult for the body to shed extra heat; instead, wear light clothing.

Step 8 Monitor the fever If these remedies don’t work and a baby less than 3 months old is running a temperature of more than 101 degrees, or a child or adult’s temperature is over 103 degrees, see a doctor.

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