Fever is a sign that the body is fighting an infection. Do not be afraid of a fever. The way your child looks is much more important than the number on the thermometer! A temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or 100.4 Fahrenheit is considered a fever. A temperature less than 100.4 does not need to be treated in most children.
How should I check the temperature?
Please use a rectal thermometer to check your child’s temperature until age 12 months. This is the most accurate way to measure body temperature. After 12 months of age you may use a tympanic thermometer.
Is a fever an emergency?
A fever is only an emergency during the first 2 months of life before your child has received their first set of vaccines. Please call immediately if your child is 2 months or less and has a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
Should I give medicine for my child’s fever?
When children have fever they usually feel achy and lethargic. Giving Tylenol or Motrin may help to bring the fever down and to make your child more comfortable. Please see the Tylenol/Motrin dosing chart to determine the correct dose for your child. Please remember you may only use Motrin/ibuprofen in children over the age of 6 months. It usually takes about 30 minutes for the medication to take effect.
What else can I do to bring the fever down?
- Lukewarm bath (not cold)
- Cool beverages to drink
- Cool compress on the head
Should I bundle my child up when they have a temperature?
No. When your child has a fever their body is trying to regulate the temperature. Bundling your child or leaving them uncovered may make them even more uncomfortable. Clothe them as normal and use a light blanket as needed.
When should I call the office?
- Child less than 2 months of age, who is unvaccinated has a fever over 100
- Fever persists longer than 24 hours with no other symptom in a child less than 1 year of age
- Fever persists longer than 48 hours in a child 1-2 years of age
- Fever persists longer than 72 hours in a child over the age of 3