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Medical Advice About Fever

  • Fevers are generally harmless and help your child fight infection. They can be considered a good sign that your child's immune system is working and the body is trying to rid itself of the infection.
  • Children tend to run higher temperatures than adults and they tolerate the fever better.
  • The child's appearance and level of activity are more important than the height of the fever. The degree of temperature does not represent the severity of the illness. A child's temperature is not necessarily an indication that the illness is better or worse, it is more important to see how sick a child looks and acts than what the thermometer registers.
  • A fever needs to be treated only if your child is uncomfortable. Medications that help reduce fever include acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
  • Treatment includes rest, increased fluid intake and a cool environment. Do not bundle or overdress your child.
  • All doses are determined by weight not age.
  • Always check the label for the type of medicine you are giving as well as to check the dosage.
  • Make sure you do not mix medicines containing the same components (Tylenol & Feverall® for example).
  • We do not recommend giving store-bought combined medications such as Tylenol Cold® (in older children). Acetaminophen and a decongestant given separately is suggested.
  • Call the office before giving any medication to infants less than 3 months old.
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) cannot be given to infants less than 6 months old.
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