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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. Having a fever is the way the body fights off infection so having a fever is a completely normal bodily response.

Usually a temperature reading in infants is taken rectally. You should always contact your family pediatrician before you administer any kind of medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You will want to know how much to give and how often to give the medication. How much medicine to give the child depends on his or her weight.

It is incredibly important to give the child plenty of liquids. Keeping the child hydrated is crucial because fevers can cause dehydration.

Another way to lower body temperature is by giving a cool sponge bath. Also, do not overdress the child.

There are many viruses and bacteria out there that can cause a fever so the best thing to always do is call the doctor right away. This will give you peace of mind as well.

xjenniferann | Student

You can treat them by giving them Children's Tylenol.  It is a fever reducer and it will also make them feel better because their symptoms will go away.

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