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How to treat a fever of 103 in 1 year old
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
In brief: Treat discomfort
Fever itself does not need to be treated and is one of the body's mechanisms of ridding itself of the illness.
However, fever can make children uncomfortable- this you should treat. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help, keeping your child well hydrated and allowing them adequate sleep and rest are all ways to minimize discomfort. It is not recommended to alternate tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin to keep the fever down.

In brief: Treat discomfort
Fever itself does not need to be treated and is one of the body's mechanisms of ridding itself of the illness.
However, fever can make children uncomfortable- this you should treat. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help, keeping your child well hydrated and allowing them adequate sleep and rest are all ways to minimize discomfort. It is not recommended to alternate tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin to keep the fever down.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics
In brief: Sponge Bath
Faster-acting than either tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin; cheap; readily available; easy to do.
Doesn't even really need a sponge--a wash cloth works just as well. Give Motrin after you begin the sponge bath. This is a good "first response" to quickly lower a fever.

In brief: Sponge Bath
Faster-acting than either tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin; cheap; readily available; easy to do.
Doesn't even really need a sponge--a wash cloth works just as well. Give Motrin after you begin the sponge bath. This is a good "first response" to quickly lower a fever.
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
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