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Reducing Your Child's Fever From Chickenpox

If your child is uncomfortable because of a fever from chickenpox, you can have the child:

  • Drink more water and juices. Children may enjoy sucking on ice chips or flavored ice treats, such as Popsicles.
  • Take lukewarm sponge baths.
  • Dress lightly and avoid wrapping up in warm blankets.
  • Take medicine to reduce fever as needed. Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil) can help reduce fever. Follow the package instructions carefully. If you give medicine to your baby, follow your doctor’s advice about what amount to give. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of Reye syndrome.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last Revised October 13, 2011

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