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A trip to the emergency room is warranted if your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms along with a fever:
  • Does not respond to anti-fever medication
  • Is less than three months old
  • Lethargy
  • Problems breathing
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Acting irritable
  • Decrease in urine

Pediatric Fever Treatment

Pediatric fever treatments include:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) help reduce fever in children and adults.
  • Take acetaminophen every four - 6 to six hours. It works by turning down the brain's thermostat.
  • Take ibuprofen every six to eight hours.
  • Know how much your child weighs, and then always check the instructions on the package.
  • In children under age 3 months, call your doctor first before giving medicine.
  • A lukewarm bath or sponge bath may help cool someone with a fever. This is especially effective after medication is given -- otherwise the temperature might bounce right back up.
  • Keep your child's environment comfortably cool and dress him/her accordingly.
  • Encourage him/her to drink plenty of fluids.
  • Keep him/her from overexertion.

Pediatric Fever Warning


  • Give aspirin to your child
  • Use ibuprofen in children younger than 6 months old
  • Bundle up someone who has the chills
  • Use cold baths, ice, or alcohol rubs. These cool the skin, but often make the situation worse by causing shivering, which raises the core body temperature.