Doctors often advise adults with mild to moderate fevers below 102 degrees Fahrenheit to:
Aspirin should not be given to infants and children younger than age 16 because of the risk of Reye's syndrome, a life-threatening neurological disorder that can develop when children take aspirin during a viral illness. In children, reduce fever by using acetaminophen or ibuprofen, together with lukewarm sponge baths. If your child has a febrile seizure, call your doctor immediately.
If your doctor suspects that a bacterial infection is causing your fever, he or she will prescribe antibiotics.
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