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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