First Aid for Fevers
Symptoms: Elevated temperature, pulse, and breathing rate; chills or hot flashes; flushed skin; headache, achiness. With high fever, seizure may occur.
In most cases, fever is not serious but can signal a serious problem. The general rule: If fever is 103 degreesF or higher, lasts more than 72 hours, or recurs, contact a doctor within 24 hours.
DO NOT give medications unless directed by doctor. Give acetaminophen, NOT aspirin, to a child.
- Until a doctor is contacted, have victim undress, then sponge victim's body with lukewarm water for 20 minutes.
Dry victim, and dress them in comfortably warm clothing.
- Continue to take victim's temperature, and repeat these steps if necessary until fever is reduced or doctor is contacted.
Give plenty of cool water and other cold or frozen fluids to drink.