When a fever starts getting higher, it can be uncomfortable for your child. The first suggestion is to give him a children’s pain reliever that will bring down the temperature so he can be more comfortable.
For some children, a pain reliever is not an option. Your child may have a stomach virus and cannot keep anything down. Giving him a pill to swallow, or a liquid medication may make him vomit. This is when you can try to lower the fever with a sponge bath or a bath.
Make sure that the bath water is lukewarm or warm. A cold bath could cause chills which will make his fever raise more. It’s perfectly fine to use a cool washcloth on the forehead. This is pleasing and will make a child with fever feel more comfortable.
Before there were over the counter pain relievers that reduce fever, bathing a child with a fever was a common way to lower the fever. Additionally, alcohol baths were frequently used. Today, it is recommended to use children’s pain and fever reducers instead. An alcohol bath can cool a child down too fast and cause the fever to quickly spike to a dangerous level.
Lastly, do not over clothe a child or pile on too many blankets when your child has a fever. It is common for parents to bundle up a child with a fever, when in fact you are only keeping his body temperature high. Dress him appropriately for the room temperature and don’t let him get chilled.