FEVER AND MEDICINE
What is fever?
- 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 and then assess how your child is feeling.
Why should I treat a fever?
- While your child has a fever, they may feel achy and tired.
- 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 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 Ibuprofen are two different medicines. They shouldn’t be given at the same time. Tylenol needs to be given every 4 hours as needed.
- Ibuprofen needs to be given every 6 hours as needed. Because they are different medicines, they can be given closer together, you can alternate between them every 3 hours.
- Tylenol and Ibuprofen take approximately 30 minutes to work. Give the medicine time to work.
Fever Dosing Chart
****Do NOT give any medications to any child under 2 months of age without first consulting a physician. ****
|Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil)|
Every 4 hours as needed
|Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil)|
Every 6 hours as needed
***Do NOT give to infants under 6 months of age***
|Pounds (lbs)||Kilograms (kgs)||Children’s Liquid (160mg/5mL)||Chewable Tablets (80mg)||Junior Strength (160mg)||Adult Tablet (325 mg)||Infant Drops (50mg/1.25mL)||Children’s Liquid (100mg/5mL)||Chewable Tablets (50mg)||Junior Strength(100mg)||Adult Tablet (200mg)|
|10-16||5-7||2.5 mL||1||1.25 mL||2.5 mL||1|
|17-27||8-12||5 mL||2||1||2.5 mL||5 mL||2||1|
|28-38||13-17||7.5 mL||3||1.5||7.5 mL||3||1.5|
|39-49||18-22||10 mL||4||2||1||10 mL||4||2||1|
|50-60||23-27||12.5 mL||2.5||12.5 mL||5||2.5|
|61-71||28-32||15 mL||2||15 mL||3|
|72-82||33-37||17.5 mL||3.5||17.5 mL||3.5|
|83-93||38-42||20 mL||4||2||20 mL||4||2|
Call our office if:
- 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.