Fever Treatment Guide

AgeTemperatureWhat to do
0-3 months100.4 F (38 C) or higher taken rectallyCall the doctor, even if your child doesn’t have any other signs or symptoms.
3-6 monthsUp to 102 F (38.9 C) taken rectallyEncourage your child to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Medication isn’t needed. Call the doctor if your child seems unusually irritable, lethargic or uncomfortable.
3-6 monthsAbove 102 F (38.9 C) taken rectallyCall the doctor; he or she may recommend that you bring your child in for an exam.
6-24 monthsAbove 102 F (38.9 C) taken rectallyGive your child acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). If your child is age 6 months or older, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) is OK, too. Read the label carefully for proper dosage. Don’t give aspirin to an infant or toddler. Call the doctor if the fever doesn’t respond to the medication or lasts longer than one day.
AgeTemperatureWhat to do
2-17 yearsUp to 102 F (38.9 C) taken rectally for children age 3 and younger, or taken orally for children older than 3Encourage your child to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Medication isn’t needed. Call the doctor if your child seems unusually irritable or lethargic or complains of significant discomfort.
2-17 yearsAbove 102 F (38.9 C) taken rectally for children age 3 and younger, or taken orally for children older than 3If your child seems uncomfortable, give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others). Read the label carefully for proper dosage, and be careful not to give your child more than one medication containing acetaminophens, such as some cough and cold medicines. Avoid giving aspirin to children or teenagers. Call the doctor if the fever doesn’t respond to the medication or lasts longer than three days.
AgeTemperatureWhat to do
18 years and upUp to 102 F (38.9 C) taken orallyRest and drink plenty of fluids. Medication isn’t needed. Call the doctor if the fever is accompanied by a severe headache, stiff neck, shortness of breath, or other unusual signs or symptoms.
18 years and upAbove 102 F (38.9 C) taken orallyIf you’re uncomfortable, take acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin. Read the label carefully for proper dosage, and be careful not to take more than one medication containing acetaminophens, such as some cough and cold medicines. Call the doctor if the fever doesn’t respond to the medication, is consistently 103 F (39.4 C) or higher, or lasts longer than three days.

March 06, 2018

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