Fever FAQ

What is fever?

Fever is a rectal temperature above 100.8. Although less accurate, you may use either oral or auxiliary, ear or temporal thermometers. If your child has fever, don't panic. This is the natural immune system doing its job to protect your child from the illness. That he/she may be experiencing. Most causes of fever are viral illnesses, which ususally resolve in a few days without antibiotic treatment.

When do I bring my child into the office? If your child is under 2 months of age and has a rectal temperature above 100.8, call our office IMMEDIATELY! You will be given instructions on how to proceed. From 2 to 6 months with a temperature above 100.8 we would like to see your child within 24 hours. If your child is older than 6 months and acting okay, we would like to see the child within 48 hours. Most of these temperatures turn out to be mild, self limiting viral illnesses.

Do I have to treat a fever?

When your child is very uncomfortable with a fever you may treat. Fever sometimes can make your child sluggish, cranky, and even delirious. In rare instances a child can have a seizure from a fever, called a fecrile seizure, although not dangerous, it can very traumatic for the parents.

How do I treat the fever?

Keep your child lightly dressed and well hydrated with Pedialyte®. To keep the fever below 101.0 F alternate between: Tylenol® (acetaminophen), Motrin® (ibuprofen)***, and a lukewarm/room temperature bath.

As a rule Tylenol® is given every 4 hours, Motrin® every 6 hours.

8am Tylenol
9am Bath
10am Motrin
11am Bath
12pm Tylenol


***Mortrin® is not to be given to babies under 6 months of age.