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Pediatr Emerg Care. 1990 Mar;6(1):6-7.

Efficacy of sponging vs acetaminophen for reduction of fever. Sponging Study Group.

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St. Louis University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine, Missouri.


Seventy-three children with acute febrile illnesses were enrolled in a study to compare the efficacy of sponging, sponging plus acetaminophen, and acetaminophen alone as methods of lowering body temperature. The greatest temperature reduction was seen in the combined acetaminophen plus sponging group. The smallest temperature reduction was noted in children who received sponging alone. We urge reconsideration of routine sponging of febrile young patients.

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