Tepid sponging and paracetamol for reduction of body temperature in febrile children

Vivienne F Bernath, Jeremy N Anderson and Chris A Silagy
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04321.x
Published online: 4 February 2002

A general practitioner noted that the Australian immunisation handbook1 stated that "tepid sponging of children to reduce a fever of < 41°C is no longer routinely recommended, as there is no evidence to support the efficacy of this practice". He asked whether tepid sponging is effective in lowering a raised body temperature, and whether paracetamol might be more effective in reducing body temperature if combined with tepid sponging.

  • Vivienne F Bernath1
  • Jeremy N Anderson2
  • Chris A Silagy3

  • Centre for Clinical Effectiveness, Monash University, Southern Health Care Network, Clayton, VIC.



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