Care for a fever depends on its severity. A low-grade fever with no other symptoms doesn’t typically require medical treatment. Drinking fluids and resting in bed are usually enough to fight off a fever.
When a fever is accompanied by mild symptoms, such as general discomfort or dehydration, it can be helpful to treat elevated body temperature by:
making sure the room temperature where the person is resting is comfortable
taking a regular bath or a sponge bath using lukewarm water
taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen
drinking plenty of fluids
Limiting exposure to infectious agents is one of the best ways to prevent a fever. Infectious agents often cause body temperature to rise. Here are some tips that can help reduce your exposure:
Wash your hands often, especially before eating, after using the toilet, and after being around large numbers of people.
Show your children how to wash their hands properly. Instruct them to cover both the front and back of each hand with soap and rinse thoroughly under warm water.
Carry hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes with you. They can come in handy when you don’t have access to soap and water.
Avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes. Doing so makes it easier for viruses and bacteria to enter your body and cause infection.
Cover your mouth when you cough and your nose when you sneeze. Teach your children to do the same.
Avoid sharing cups, glasses, and eating utensils with other people.