First Aid Overview

First Aid for Fevers

Fever is generally a symptom of infection or heat exposure.

Symptoms: Elevated temperature, pulse, and breathing rate; chills or hot flashes; flushed skin; headache, achiness. With high fever, seizure may occur.

Emergency Treatment
  1. 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.

  2. DO NOT give medications unless directed by doctor. Give acetaminophen, NOT aspirin, to a child.

  3. Until a doctor is contacted, have victim undress, then sponge victim's body with lukewarm water for 20 minutes.

  4. Dry victim, and dress them in comfortably warm clothing.

  5. Continue to take victim's temperature, and repeat these steps if necessary until fever is reduced or doctor is contacted.

  6. Give plenty of cool water and other cold or frozen fluids to drink.
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