Temperature should be taken orally or rectally. Ear thermometers are not accurate. We prefer to have you use a rectal thermometer.
Fever reducing medication should be used for temperatures above 101 degrees F. Start with Tylenol (Acetaminophen) every four (4) hours until temperature is less than 101 degrees F.
For higher temperatures (103-105 degrees F), you can use Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) every six (6) hours if your child is over six months of age.
If the temperature is not coming down with Tylenol or Advil/Motrin, use both preparations as follows:
Start with Advil, 3 hours later add Tylenol, 3 hours later repeat Advil, 3 hours later repeat Tylenol (and alternate, etc).
A lukewarm bath may be used for any degree of fever. If your child is vomiting and not tolerating oral medication, use Tylenol rectal suppositories, called Feverall.
* Note: Tylenol, Advil, Motrin may be combined with any cough/cold medication, provided that there is no fever-reducing medication in it, such as Acetaminophen - which is Tylenol, or Ibuprofen - which is Advil or Motrin.
* Tylenol may be given one-half hour (30 minutes) before immunizations.
* Temperature >100.4 rectally in infants less than 8 weeks old should be reported immediately to the doctor before giving any fever reducing medication.
* Aspirin or aspirin containing products are not recommended for reducing fever.