How can you reduce a child's fever?
When children have a fever, they don't always need to be given medication to lower it. But it can be a good idea to treat the fever if the child is feeling extremely unwell or their temperature reaches 40°C (104°F) or more.
If a child has a fever and is feeling unwell, it isn’t always clear whether they’re feeling unwell because of the fever or because of the underlying illness. So lowering the fever won't necessarily make them feel better.
There are basically two ways to lower a fever: using medication or applying a cooling treatment from outside the body. Some parents hope that they will be able to prevent febrile seizures with medication. But research suggests that fever-reducing medication can't prevent febrile seizures. And febrile seizures sometimes occur even at temperatures of 38°C (100.4°F).
Some parents also try homeopathic products, including aconitum D12, belladonna D12 or chamomilla D12. These products aren't effective, though.