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What is the easiest and safest way to break a fever on a 17 month old infant?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: No cold baths!

To cool a hot house first turn down the thermostat then open the windows.
Same with kids. Turn down the thermostat in the hypothalamus by giving Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Place them in thin clothing & remove blankets. Ice baths are rarely needed & cause pain & anguish. But only break a high fever. Low grade fevers to 39 c. Help fight infection & are usually tolerated if you maintain hydration.

In brief: No cold baths!

To cool a hot house first turn down the thermostat then open the windows.
Same with kids. Turn down the thermostat in the hypothalamus by giving Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Place them in thin clothing & remove blankets. Ice baths are rarely needed & cause pain & anguish. But only break a high fever. Low grade fevers to 39 c. Help fight infection & are usually tolerated if you maintain hydration.
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
luke-warm/tepid bath, not ice bath
Dr. Steven Machtinger
If there is a history of febrile convulsions a tepid bath can be useful but only after the antipyretic (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) has been given & had a chance to be absorbed. Otherwise you trigger shivering that raises the fever while wasting vital energy.
Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
Pediatrics
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In brief: Shower

Giving a bath in tepid water (not cold) is the answer. You can give tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin as well if i want to "keep" fever down.
Remember fever is the way to defend oneself from infection. It is not bad in itself. But if persistent or associated with pain, vomiting, difficulty breathing or overall "sick appearance" when a febrile, then you should get it checked by your doctor.

In brief: Shower

Giving a bath in tepid water (not cold) is the answer. You can give tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin as well if i want to "keep" fever down.
Remember fever is the way to defend oneself from infection. It is not bad in itself. But if persistent or associated with pain, vomiting, difficulty breathing or overall "sick appearance" when a febrile, then you should get it checked by your doctor.
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Comfort

The fever is the response to a challenge to the immune system, usually infection.
It truly is broken when the challenge is gone. Treating it with anti pyretics such as acetominophen is mainly for comfort.Hydration and a luke warm bath may safely help.

In brief: Comfort

The fever is the response to a challenge to the immune system, usually infection.
It truly is broken when the challenge is gone. Treating it with anti pyretics such as acetominophen is mainly for comfort.Hydration and a luke warm bath may safely help.
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Cold Bath

This is the easiest way, but you really should see a doctor. A fever of unknown cause can turn into something very dangerous very quickly.
Call your pediatrician tonight or go to the er. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an anti-pyretic but until you know why the baby has a fever, this is not safe or something i can recommend.

In brief: Cold Bath

This is the easiest way, but you really should see a doctor. A fever of unknown cause can turn into something very dangerous very quickly.
Call your pediatrician tonight or go to the er. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an anti-pyretic but until you know why the baby has a fever, this is not safe or something i can recommend.
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Dr. Mark Diamond
I disagree here. A cold bath can seriously effect the babies blood flow causing potentially damaging side effects. Luke warm bath,maybe.Cold bath -NO
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