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 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 be safely used to reduce fever from chickenpox. If you are not sure about the amount of medicine to give your child, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of Reye's syndrome.

Last Updated: May 21, 2008

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