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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 (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


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When having fever, is it OK to take bath or it may be prohibited?

When having fever, is it OK to take bath or it may be prohibited?

It's fine: Hot water while it can temporarily increase body temperature can sometimes help with fever because of the loss of heat through dilated blood vessels on the skin after bathing. If it feels good I think fine. I sometimes take a hot bath when I feel a slight cold coming on and I believe it sometimes helps to avoid becoming more ill..no evidence just personal experience. Avoid becoming light-headed. ...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

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Should I give my baby a regular bath or a sponge bath to lower his fever?

Should I give my baby a regular bath or a sponge bath to lower his fever?

No: Fever is good, as it helps the body fight off infection. As long as baby looks happy and playful, you don't need to treat the fever at all. If s/he is fussy (and over 2 months), you can give Acetaminophen (tylenol). If it is bathtime and baby looks fine despite a fever, there is no reason s/he can't take a bath -- but no need to give the bath to specifically to lower the fever. ...Read more

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Not to eat rice or taking bath , when u r suffering from fever.Is this right?

Not to eat rice  or taking bath , when u r suffering from fever.Is this right?

Not specificly: I see no reason to avoid either during a fever.Actually rice is a good source of easily digested nutrition when sick & a bath has no impact on an illness.It may actually help one relax sore muscles & get rid of non-specific aches and pains. ...Read more

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Should i give my sick child a bath especially if she's running a fever?

Should i give my sick child a bath especially if she's running a fever?

Bathe as needed: I would be sure to use warm, not hot or cold water in the process. Cold water can trigger shivering & end up pushing the fever higher. If the kid is soiled or stinky, a good cleaning is therapeutic for everybody involved. ...Read more

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Son has fever, not high 100.3. Should I give a bath. If so should it be hot or cold, and for what reason.?

Son has fever, not high 100.3.  Should I give a bath.   If so should it be hot or cold, and for what reason.?

Does it bother him ?: If the kid is playful & feeding well, why bother.Treatment of low grade fever is an option & one more necessary if the kid is fussy or shows other signs of feeling bad.If you ever bathe for fever keep the water luke warm or the brain will respond & push the temperature up not down. Fever is a natural response in illness & helps increase blood flow & circulation of healing factors. ...Read more