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>Hello Sohib EditorOnline, if you are a parent, you must have experienced your child having a fever. One of the methods that can be done to reduce fever is compressing the child’s body. However, do you know the proper way to do it? In this article, we will discuss how to compress a feverish child properly.

What is Compressing?

Compressing is a method of reducing fever by applying a cloth that has been dipped in water or a solution to the surface of the body. The goal is to lower the body temperature and make the child feel more comfortable.

Types of Compresses

There are two types of compresses that can be used in reducing fever:

Type How to Make
Cold Compress Soak a washcloth in cold water then wring it out. Place it on the child’s forehead or other parts of the body that feels hot. Replace it with a new one when it warms up.
Warm Compress Soak a washcloth in warm water then wring it out. Place it on the child’s chest or back to treat chest congestion or coughing.

Precautions Before Compressing

Before compressing, make sure to follow these precautions:

  1. Make sure the child is comfortable and lying down.
  2. Do not use cold water that is too cold, as it can cause chills.
  3. Replace the compress when it warms up.
  4. Do not use a fan or air conditioning to lower body temperature because it can make the child shiver and raise the body temperature.
  5. If the child is shivering or has cold hands and feet, stop compressing immediately and cover the child with blankets to warm them up.

How to Compress

Here are the steps to compress a feverish child properly:


Prepare the following tools and ingredients:

  • Warm or cold water
  • Washcloth (use a clean and soft one)
  • Bowl (if necessary)
  • Towel (to clean up)


Follow these steps to compress a feverish child:

  1. Soak the washcloth in water
  2. Wring out the cloth so it’s not dripping
  3. Put the washcloth on the child’s forehead or other parts of the body that feels hot
  4. Leave the compress on for 5-10 minutes or until it warms up
  5. Remove the compress and replace with a new one
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Q: Can compressing alone bring down a high fever?

A: No, compressing alone cannot bring down a high fever. You can also give your child fever-reducing medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. However, make sure to follow the dosage instructions.

Q: Can I use alcohol to make the compress?

A: No, do not use alcohol to make a compress. It can be toxic and dangerous if absorbed through the skin. Use warm or cold water instead.

Q: How often should I replace the compress?

A: You should replace the compress when it warms up. This is usually every 5-10 minutes. You can continue to do this for up to 30 minutes or until the child’s temperature drops to a more comfortable level.

In conclusion, compressing is a simple and effective way to reduce a feverish child’s temperature. By following the proper steps and precautions, you can help your child feel more comfortable and recover faster.

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