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How to Reduce a Baby's Fever

A kiss on the forehead or a light touch is often enough to determine whether a child has a fever. Reducing the fever takes a little bit more.


  • : Consult your doctor before giving a baby any medication.
  • Step 1: Reduce the fever Reduce the baby's fever by giving them a bath or sponging them down with lukewarm water.
  • Step 2: Stay hydrated Keep the baby hydrated by giving them plenty of water, breast milk, or formula.
  • Step 3: Avoid overdressing Avoid overdressing or bundling them up before they go to sleep.
  • Step 4: Give them medicine Give your baby ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce a fever only if recommended by your doctor.
  • TIP: Measure all medication with an oral syringe to make sure the right dosage is given. Consult your baby's pediatrician if you're unsure.
  • Step 5: Call a doctor Call your doctor if your baby's temperature rises above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, if they lose their appetite, look pale or flushed, or are unusually irritable. A doctor is always on call to answer your questions.
  • FACT: Most people's body temperatures change throughout the day. They are usually cooler in the morning and warmer in the evening.

You Will Need

  • Lukewarm bath
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • breast milk
  • or formula
  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Doctor
  • Oral syringe (optional)

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