Fever, Child

Fever is a higher-than-normal body temperature. Most temperatures are normal until they go over:

  • 99.5° Fahrenheit (37.5° Celsius) by mouth.

  • 100.4° Fahrenheit (38° Celsius) in the bottom (rectum).

A fever is often caused by an infection. It can help the body fight an infection. The best way to take your child's temperature is in the bottom or in the mouth.

HOME CARE

  • Low fevers often do not have long-term effects. They often do not need any treatment.

  • Only give medicine as told by your child's doctor.

  • Have your child take medicine as told. Have your child finish them even if he or she starts to feel better.

  • Do not give aspirin to children.

  • Do not cover your child in too many blankets or heavy clothes.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

  • Your child becomes fussy (irritable) or floppy.

  • Your child has a rash.

  • Your child has a stiff neck.

  • Your child has a severe headache.

  • Your child has bad belly (abdominal) pain.

  • Your child cannot stop throwing up (vomiting) or has watery poop (diarrhea).

  • Your child has a dry mouth, is hardly peeing (urinating), or is pale (signs of dehydration).

  • Your child has a bad cough with thick mucus.

  • Your child has shortness of breath.

DOSAGE CHART, CHILDREN'S ACETAMINOPHEN

Give the medicine every 4 hours as needed or as told by your child's doctor. Do not give more than 5 doses in 24 hours.

Weight: 6 to 23 lb (2.7 to 10.4 kg)

  • Ask your child's doctor.

Weight: 24 to 35 lb (10.8 to 15.8 kg)

  • Infant Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL dropper): 2 droppers (2 x 0.8 mL = 1.6 mL).

  • Children's Liquid* (160 mg per 5 mL): 1 teaspoon (5 mL).

  • Children's Chewable or Melting Pills (80 mg pills): 2 pills.

  • Junior Strength Chewable or Melting Pills (160 mg pills): Not advised.

Weight: 36 to 47 lb (16.3 to 21.3 kg)

  • Infant Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL dropper): Not advised.

  • Children's Liquid* (160 mg per 5 mL): 1½ teaspoons (7.5 mL).

  • Children's Chewable or Melting Pills (80 mg pills): 3 pills.

  • Junior Strength Chewable or Melting Pills (160 mg pills): Not advised.

Weight: 48 to 59 lb (21.8 to 26.8 kg)

  • Infant Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL dropper): Not advised.

  • Children's Liquid* (160 mg per 5 mL): 2 teaspoons (10 mL).

  • Children's Chewable or Melting Pills (80 mg pills): 4 pills.

  • Junior Strength Chewable or Melting Pills (160 mg pills): 2 pills.

Weight: 60 to 71 lb (27.2 to 32.2 kg)

  • Infant Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL dropper): Not advised.

  • Children's Liquid* (160 mg per 5 mL): 2½ teaspoons (12.5 mL).

  • Children's Chewable or Melting Pills (80 mg pills): 5 pills.

  • Junior Strength Chewable or Melting Pills (160 mg pills): 2½ pills.

Weight: 72 to 95 lb (32.7 to 43.1 kg)

  • Infant Drops (80 mg per 0.8 mL dropper): Not advised.

  • Children's Liquid* (160 mg per 5 mL): 3 teaspoons (15 mL).

  • Children's Chewable or Melting Pills (80 mg pills): 6 pills.

  • Junior Strength Chewable or Melting Pills (160 mg pills): 3 pills.

Children 12 years and over may take 2 regular strength (325 mg) adult acetaminophen pills.

*Use the hollow tube with a plunger (oral syringe) or supplied medicine cup to measure liquid. Do not use household teaspoons. They can differ in size.

Do not give aspirin to children. This could cause a serious disease (Reye's syndrome).

DOSAGE CHART, CHILDREN'S IBUPROFEN

Give the medicine every 6 to 8 hours as needed or as told by your child's doctor. Do not give more than 4 doses in 24 hours.

Weight: 6 to 11 lb (2.7 to 5 kg)

  • Ask your child's doctor.

Weight: 12 to 17 lb (5.4 to 7.7 kg)

  • Infant Drops (50 mg per 1.25 mL): 1.25 mL.

  • Children's Liquid* (100 mg per 5 mL): Ask your child's doctor.

  • Junior Strength Chewable Pills (100 mg pills): Not advised.

  • Junior Strength Caplets (100 mg pills): Not advised.

Weight: 18 to 23 lb (8.1 to 10.4 kg)

  • Infant Drops (50 mg per 1.25 mL): 1.875 mL.

  • Children's Liquid* (100 mg per 5 mL): Ask your child's doctor.

  • Junior Strength Chewable Pills (100 mg pills): Not advised.

  • Junior Strength Caplets (100 mg pills): Not advised.

Weight: 24 to 35 lb (10.8 to 15.8 kg)

  • Infant Drops (50 mg per 1.25 mL syringe): Not advised.

  • Children's Liquid* (100 mg per 5 mL): 1 teaspoon (5 mL).

  • Junior Strength Chewable pills (100 mg pills): 1 pill.

  • Junior Strength Caplets (100 mg pills): Not advised.

Weight: 36 to 47 lb (16.3 to 21.3 kg)

  • Infant Drops (50 mg per 1.25 mL syringe): Not advised.

  • Children's Liquid* (100 mg per 5 mL): 1½ teaspoons (7.5 mL).

  • Junior Strength Chewable Pills (100 mg pills): 1½ pills.

  • Junior Strength Caplets (100 mg pills): Not advised.

Weight: 48 to 59 lb (21.8 to 26.8 kg)

  • Infant Drops (50 mg per 1.25 mL syringe): Not advised.

  • Children's Liquid* (100 mg per 5 mL): 2 teaspoons (10 mL).

  • Junior Strength Chewable Pills (100 mg pills): 2 pills.

  • Junior Strength Caplets (100 mg pills): 2 caplets.

Weight: 60 to 71 lb (27.2 to 32.2 kg)

  • Infant Drops (50 mg per 1.25 mL syringe): Not advised.

  • Children's Liquid* (100 mg per 5 mL): 2½ teaspoons (12.5 mL).

  • Junior Strength Chewable Pills (100 mg pills): 2½ pills.

  • Junior Strength Caplets (100 mg pills): 2½ pill.

Weight: 72 to 95 lb (32.7 to 43.1 kg)

  • Infant Drops (50 mg per 1.25 mL syringe): Not advised.

  • Children's Liquid* (100 mg per 5 mL): 3 teaspoons (15 mL).

  • Junior Strength Chewable Pills (100 mg pills): 3 pills.

  • Junior Strength Caplets (100 mg pills): 3 caplets.

Children over 95 lb (43.1 kg) may use 1 regular strength (200 mg) adult ibuprofen pill or caplet every 4 to 6 hours.

*Use the hollow tube with a plunger (oral syringe) or supplied medicine cup to measure liquid. Do not use household teaspoons. They can differ in size.

Do not give aspirin to children. This could cause a serious disease (Reye's syndrome)

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your child's condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or gets worse.