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Except in a very young or a very old person, a fever up to 38.5°C/ 101°F is not ordinarily serious; aspirin or paracetamol will usually bring it down to the normal 37°C/98.6°F. In the mean-time, get plenty of rest in a warm, not hot, room and drink lots of fluids, such as fruit juice, non-fizzy soft drinks, water and broth. If body temperature rises higher than 39°C/102°F, get someone to sponge you, or sponge the patient, with tepid water, and consult a doctor.

Contact your doctor if a child is in pain or drowsy and unresponsive, or if the fever persists for more than a few days.