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Cool Baths (Overview)

A lukewarm or cool bath can help cool a young child. However, ice baths or alcohol baths are not recommended, both because they may cause problems and because they may be less effective, triggering shivering, which generates heat.


Cool Baths (Overview)

A lukewarm or cool bath can help cool a young child. However, ice baths or alcohol baths are not recommended, both because they may cause problems and because they may be less effective, triggering shivering, which generates heat.


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Whats benefit of cool baths?

Whats benefit of cool baths?

See below: There is no specific benefit of cool baths. Some people will use a tepid bath to reduce a fever, but it is not recommended. ...Read more

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My one year old son has a fever of 102. This is his second day and it hasn't gone down. It dropped a little after cool baths. Fever reducer is not working. What should I do?

My one year old son has a fever of 102. This is his second day and it hasn't gone down. It dropped a little after cool baths. Fever reducer is not working. What should I do?

Fever not enemy!: First, fever does not need 'to be treated'. It is a symptom, not a disease. Push lots of fluid so child doesn't dehydrate. If very uncomfortable, then can give something to bring fever down, but don't rush to do that if child acitng fine. Higher body temperature helps fight illness - infection fighting cells work better at higher body temps, and germs don't like higher body temps and die - yeah! ...Read more

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Need to get rid of fever, it is 37,5 degrees Celsius. has come down from 40. taken asprin, slept and drank lots of water and fluids. Also cool baths?

Need to get rid of  fever, it is 37,5 degrees Celsius. has come down from 40. taken asprin, slept and drank lots of water and fluids. Also cool baths?

See a physician: Your fever responded well to aspirin. You need to treat the cause of the fever as a temperature of 40 C (104 F) is very high for an adult and indicates a possibly serious infection. See a Dr as soon as possible. Reducing the fever with aspirin or cool baths is mainly for comfort, and doesn't treat or fight the infection. Fever actually help the body fight infection. ...Read more

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Does taking a cool bath for fever really help?

Does taking a cool bath for fever really help?

May/not: The skin is the only part of our body supplied with active temperature sensors.Depending on the water temperature, a cold bath may tell the brain to turn on more heat and thus defeat any temporary benefit of the process. If immersed in water no more than 15 degrees below the desired temp, you may bypass that reflex.I haven't advised this to a parent in decades. ...Read more

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Fever associated with flu: is it ok to take a hot bath while fever is present? Or only cool bath?

Fever associated with flu: is it ok to take a hot bath while fever is present? Or only cool bath?

Hot bath OK: Fever is how our bodies fight infection- our immune systems work better when we have a fever and microbes don't survive as well. A cool bath might lower your temp. ; thus prolong the infection; a hot bath might actually raise your temp. A bit which might help you fight the infection; this is a homeopathic-style approach. Fever isn't dangerous unless above 105. See http://on.Today.Com/1cz7o8p. ...Read more