5 Tips if Your Child Has a Fever

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Leave us a comment to tell us what you do when your child has a fever.

 

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2 Responses to 5 Tips if Your Child Has a Fever

  1. Kim May 15, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Unless my kids are extremely uncomfortable, I let the fever do it’s job. They are actually not sick for nearly as long when I don’t medicate the fever.

  2. Brittany May 14, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    I Have a 2yr old I rotate from ib and tyneol for my little one but she does have deficiency so there for she has fever often

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