Fever is temperature of 100.4 or greater.
The best way to check temperature in infants is rectally (You won’t hurt them. Their poop is bigger than the thermometer!). In older children, oral is best.
Fever is not the enemy! It is our body’s defense mechanism to fight infection. Therefore, you do not need to treat fever in most cases. If your child is very uncomfortable or in pain, then it is appropriate to treat.
You may treat fever with ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Dosing for acetaminophen every 4-6hrs. Dosing for ibuprofen is every 6-8hrs. Please follow the dosing amount and instructions on the medication label and call the office if you have any questions regarding dosage. To avoid dosing errors and toxicity, it is best to use one fever reducer rather than alternating between acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Fever will not cause brain damage. Our body raises our temperature to fight infection, not itself. Brain damage and hyperthermia occur when outside forces, such as being left in a hot car, overwhelm our body’s ability to regulate its own temperature. Read More…