Should you reduce a child’s fever?
Too often, parents reach straight for fever-reducing medications like Tylenol or Motrin, says Johnson Memorial Health. But unless your pediatrician has specifically recommended medication, we advise that you hold off and give your child’s fever a chance to do its job.
At what point should you take a fever reducer?
Adults. Adults 18 and over typically don’t need medication for a fever under 102°F (38.9°C). Fevers above that number may be reduced by medication. If your fever goes above 103°F (39.4°C) or doesn’t respond to treatment, a call to the doctor is warranted.
Should I give my child medicine for a low grade fever?
Medication isn’t needed. Call the doctor if your child seems unusually irritable or lethargic or complains of significant discomfort. If your child seems uncomfortable, give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others).
When should you worry about child’s body temperature?
Call your doctor if you have an: infant younger than 3 months old with a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. older child with a temperature of higher than 102.2°F (39°C)
Should I give my child Tylenol for a fever?
Medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen should not be given simply because the thermometer says your child has a fever. Medication should only be used if your child is feeling really crummy AND has a fever.
Is it better to take fever reducer or not?
A. The best evidence suggests that there is neither harm nor benefit to treating a fever with fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Hundreds of millions of years ago, animals developed fever as an evolutionary response to infection.
At what temperature should you give a child medicine?
This will vary by your child’s age and weight. Don’t give your child medicine if he or she is between 3 months and 3 years of age and has a temperature of 102°F or lower. If your child is achy and fussy, and his or her temperature is above 102°F (38.8°C), you may want to give him or her acetaminophen.
Is 99.7 a fever for a child forehead?
Everyone’s body runs at a slightly different normal temperature, but the average is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and anything above 100.9 F (or 100.4 F for children) constitutes a fever.
Does reducing fever prolong illness?
Fever reducers treat a symptom, not the cause of an illness, and lowering your temperature may get in the way of your body’s normal defenses and actually prolong the sickness. Generally, a fever on its own isn’t dangerous and there’s no real need to treat it.
What happens if Tylenol doesn’t break a fever?
Q: If I give Tylenol or ibuprofen and it doesn’t “break” the fever, or bring it down, does that mean that the illness is serious? A: Not necessarily. Fevers that don’t come down can be caused by viruses or bacteria.