Fevers often mean that your child’s body is fighting off some type of infection. Depending on your child’s age, temperature and how long the fever lasts, you may be able to treat it at home.
Here are five tips if your child has a fever from Amy Johnson, a nurse who works at the MyChildren’s in Grapevine.
5 Fever Tips
1. Remove unnecessary clothing and give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol) or, if he is older than 6 months old, ibuprofen (Motrin).
2. Do not try to reduce the fever with cool baths or alcohol rubs, as this could actually cause your child’s fever to increase.
3. If your child is younger than 3 months old and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher, call your child’s pediatrician.
4. If your child is 3 to 6 months old, call your child’s pediatrician if they have a rectal temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius) or higher.
5. If your child is between 6 months to 2 years old, call your child’s pediatrician if they have a temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius) or higher.
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