Published on May 25, 2018


The feeling of being cold, though not necessarily in a cold environment, often accompanied by shivering.


Self-care includes drinking plenty of fluids and getting enough rest. For chills accompanied by mild fever, sponging with lukewarm water and acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Stiff neck, confusion, irritability, or sluggishness
  • Severe cough, shortness of breath, abdominal pain or burning, or frequent urination

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Fever 100.4 F (38 C) or higher in infant younger than 3 months
  • Fever lasts more than a day in infant between 3 months and 1 year
  • Fever stays above 103°F (39.4°C) after 1 to 2 hours of self-care
  • No improvement after 3 days or lasts more than 5 days