II. Indications

  1. Fever >104 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. No relief with Analgesics
    1. Acetaminophen
    2. Ibuprofen

III. Precautions

  1. Consider evaluation for serious causes of high fever

IV. 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)

V. Adjuncts

  1. Give Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen before sponging
  2. Medications assist in maintaining lower Temperature

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