Fever

When a child has a fever it can be from a number of things. A virus, an infection, the child being bundled up too tightly, or even cutting teeth can be the cause. A virus does not usually require antibiotics but an infection will almost always need an antibiotic to treat whatever bug the child has. If your child is less than 2 months old and has a fever, contact your child’s doctor immediately or take them to the emergency room. Children under the age of 3 months should not have Tylenol unless a doctor has instructed you to do so. Children Under The Age Of 6 Months Should Not Take Motrin (Ibuprofen) Unless Instructed To Do So By Your Child’s Doctor. If you have a child who is more than 6 months old and is running a high fever that does not go away, you may alternate Children’s Motrin (Ibuprofen) and Children’s Tylenol (acetaminophen) every 3 hours. For example- you can give the Children’s Motrin at 12:00 PM, followed by the Children’s Tylenol at 3:00 PM. At 6:00 PM give the Motrin again. The next dose of Tylenol may be given at 9:00 PM. Always make sure that you read the label to avoid giving the wrong dose. Some of these medications have doses measured in drops, cubic centimeters (cc), or milliliters (mL). What is the difference between cc’s and mL’s? Nothing, they are the same thing. See instructional video for how to give the right dose and drawing up medication for your child.

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Some Signs/Symptoms of Fever in Infants

  • Not wanting to eat
  • Not wanting to sleep
  • Lethargic
  • Crying

Some Signs/Symptoms of Fever in Children

  • Sweating and shivering
  • Body aches
  • Not wanting to eat
  • Weakness
  • Confusion