FEVER & MEDICATION
Fever Control Guidance
Fever indicates that the body is fighting/responding to an infection.
Parents of young children with past medical or family history of febrile seizures should treat a fever more aggressively.
Acetaminophen/Tylenol can be given every 4-6 hours.
Ibuprofen/Motrin/Advil can be given every 6-8 hours.
It will take approximately 30-60 minutes for fever medications to start working.
The fastest way to bring a high fever down, is to give your child a lukewarm bath while waiting for fever medications to take effect.
You can alternate giving the Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen. The only rule is that Acetaminophen cannot be given more often than every 4 hours, and Ibuprofen cannot be given more often than every 6 hours. For example, you gave your child a dose of Acetaminophen and 2-3 hours later the fever is rising again. In this situation, you can administer a proper dose of Ibuprofen.
Ibuprofen can only be given to babies who are older than 6 months of age.
If your child has a fever and is vomiting, you can use rectal suppositories.