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If a child age 5 has a low grade fever on monday and on wednesday she gets a shower, how long do you need to wait before she goes out after said shower?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
NOt set time: There isn't any set time/guideline for this...Just use your common sense. If she has no fever now, do the usual. If she still has fever, then treat it; make sure to dress her warm, use caution. If she appears ill, get her to the doc...
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 years experience
5 to 10 minutes: She may go out after the shower as soon as she has dried off well, dried her hair and dressed appropriately for your weather conditions.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
No waiting: It is a myth that sick/feverish people shouldn't bathe. There are no reasons to limit bathing/showers during or after fever. In fact, many people like a warm bath or shower to ease their discomfort and the humidity relieves congestion. Once your child is dried off and dressed, he/she can go outdoors.

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Last updated Jun 11, 2015

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