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Can you use rubbing alcohol to break a fever?

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August 04, 2012 5:13AM

Yes you can and hospitals will use this method on occasion. Also if a child has a high fever you can cool them down in a bath tub with cold water, but please keep in contact with your family doctor before doing so.

NO DONOT LISTEN TO THIS ADVICE ABOVE, A CHILD WITH A HIGH FEVER WILL GO INTO SHOCK IF YOU PLACE THEM IN COLD WATER. GIVE THEM 2 TEASPOONS OF CHILDRENS MOTRIN EVERY TWO HOURS, THEN SWITCH TO TYLENOL,ALTERNATE THIS METHOD MAKE SURE TO KEEP THEM HYDRATED WITH PEDIALYTE OR WATER IF THEY CAN KEEP IT DOWN.

Alcohol can be applied to a child or adult to break a fever but DO NOT use large quantities of it on the body.It should be preferably applied on the bottom of the feet or other small areas.By using significant amounts on large parts of the body has the potential to cause cerebral depression if absorb which can lead to neurological deficit or even death.Also, placing a child or even an adult with a high fever can cause them to go into shock or even cause seizures.