FEVER AND

YOUR CHILD

How to Take Temperature: Scanning forehead in children older than one year and rectally in babies is best, but even oral, ear, or axillary thermometers are just fine!

Definition of Fever: 100.4F or higher

Treatment of Fever: Acetaminophen (Tylenol but can be any brand) up to every 4-6hours or Ibuprofen (Motrin but can be any brand) up to every 6-8 hours (follow dosing instructions on bottle)

When to Be Concerned:

Looks very ill, is unusually drowsy, or is very fussy.
Has other symptoms, such as a stiff neck, severe headache, severe sore throat, severe ear pain, an unexplained rash, or repeated vomiting or diarrhea.
Has had a seizure.
Fever rises above 104°F (40°C) repeatedly for a child of any age.
Your child seems to be getting worse.
The fever persists for more than 3 days (72 hours) in a child 2 years of age or older.
Has been in a very hot place, such as an overheated car.
Has immune system problems, such as sickle cell disease or cancer, or is taking steroids.
Is younger than 3 months (12 weeks) and has a temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher
Your child still “acts sick” once his fever is brought down.
The fever persists for more than 24 hours in a child younger than 2 years.
Close contact with a person with COVID-19

¡Please call us with any concerns!