August 13, 2013
- When your body is fighting an infection it produces some chemicals that raise your body temperature. Some elevation in temperature can be good because your immune system functions better at slightly higher temperatures. When the temperature goes over 102 degrees children tend to get more irritable. Remember, fever is a symptom of some other disease. The fever does not hurt you…it is the underlying disease that is our concern. Children have an average temperature of 98.6 degrees. However, nobody runs this same temperature all day long. Our temperatures fluctuate up and down all day and night. Night is when they tend to run higher. Therefore, it is not unusual to have a temperature a little above or below 98.6 at any time. For older children and adults temperatures above 100.5 are considered to be out of the normal range.
- Children less then 2 months old do not always run a fever when they have an infection, or they may run very small fevers. For this reason, and because some neonatal infections are very serious, we get very excited about even small fevers in newborns. If your child has ANY temperature above 100.0 degrees before the 2 month check up we want to see them immediately.
- For children older than 2 months old, IF THEY ARE ACTING NORMALLY, a fever may not be a sign of anything bad. Even virus infections can cause some fever.
If your child has a fever but they:
- return to normal temperatures after Tylenol or Motrin, and
- are cheerful when the temperature returns to normal;
in these circumstances that child can probably be observed for one or two days without a doctor’s visit. In these circumstances the child usually has a temporary viral infection.
- How much fever medicine do you give?
- Up to 12 pounds: 0.4 ml of Tylenol drops
- Above 12 pounds: 0.8 ml of Tylenol drops
- Above 22 pounds: 1 teaspoon of Tylenol Syrup OR Ibuprofen Suspension
- Above 33 pounds: 1.5 teaspoons of Tylenol Syrup OR Ibuprofen Suspension
- Above 44 pounds: 2 teaspoons of Tylenol Syrup OR Ibuprofen Suspension