Fever is your body’s normal reaction to an infection – it is a good thing
Fever is a temperature of greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
A temperature less than 100.4 is normal and does not need to be treated.
What is the best way to take a temperature?
Rectal temperatures are the most accurate and should always be used in babies under 2 months
An underarm temperature in children greater than 2 months of age may be used. You do not need to add or subtract a degree.
Ear thermometers are notoriously inaccurate.
Should I be afraid of a fever? NO!!
Fever will not cause brain damage and will not hurt your child whether it is 101 or 104. Remember, fever is a good thing. It is your body fighting an infection.
How your child looks and feels is more important than the number on the thermometer. Bring the fever down, then assess how your child is feeling.
Why should I treat a fever?
While your child has a fever, they may feel achy and lethargic.
Treating the fever may make your child feel better in the interim, although it will not make the infection go away.
What medicines can I use to treat a fever?
TYLENOL is the brand name for ACETAMINOPHEN • MOTRIN and ADVIL are brand names for IBUPROFEN
Children less than 6 months of age can be given ACETAMINOPHEN (TYLENOL) every 4 hours as needed.
Children 6 months of age and older can be given TYLENOL every 4 hours or IBUPROFEN (MOTRIN/ADVIL) every 6 hours as needed.
TYLENOL and MOTRIN/ADVIL are two different medicines. They shouldn’t be given at the same time. TYLENOL needs to be given 4 hours from TYLENOL. MOTRIN/ADVIL needs to be given 6 hours from MOTRIN/ADVIL. Because they are different medicines, they can be given closer together. For example you can give TYLENOL then 2-3 hours later give MOTRIN/ADVIL then 2-3 hours later give TYLENOL…
These medicines should only be given when your child actually has a fever.
TYLENOL and IBUPROFEN take approximately 30 minutes to work. Give the medicine time to work.
Please take a TYLENOL and IBUPROFEN dosage form at the front desk the next time you visit the office, or click here for our Dosage Form online.
When you should call our office
Any child less than 2 months of age has a fever
Fever persists longer than 72 hours
Fever does not respond to Tylenol or ibuprofen