Infectious Disease Book


Sponge Bath for Fever

Aka: Sponge Bath for Fever
  1. See Also
    1. Fever Symptomatic Treatment
    2. Fever
  2. Indications
    1. Fever >104 degrees Fahrenheit
    2. No relief with Analgesics
      1. Acetaminophen
      2. Ibuprofen
  3. Precautions
    1. Consider evaluation for serious causes of high fever
  4. Technique
    1. Partially submerged in lukewarm water 85-90 degrees
    2. Duration: 15 to 20 minutes, repeated as needed
    3. Avoid water that is too cold (avoid shivering)
  5. Adjuncts
    1. Give Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen before sponging
    2. Medications assist in maintaining lower Temperature

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