Advice for Reducing a Fever

Check your child’s temperature to find out if there is a fever. The most accurate way to do this is by taking a rectal temperature (be sure to use a lubricant such as petroleum jelly when doing so). A fever is anything over 100.4 degrees try treating the fever with Tylenol or Motrin. If the fever does not go down or was initially over 105 degrees or the child is under 3 months old and the temperature is over 100 degrees call our office. If you take the temperature by mouth (for an older child) or under the arm, these temperatures are generally lower and may be less accurate. Call the office if you are concerned about these temperatures.

Actions to Take to Reduce Fever:

  • Give your child plenty to drink.
  • Clothe your child lightly. Do not cover or wrap your child.
  • Give your child Tylenol or Motrin. DO NOT USE ASPIRIN.
  • Sponge your child in a few inches of lukewarm (not cold) bath water.