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Treating Fever in Children

2. If Temperature Is Below 102 Degrees F

  • You don't need to treat the fever unless the child is uncomfortable.
  • Make sure the child gets plenty of fluids and rest.

3. If Temperature Is Above 102 Degrees F but Below 105 Degrees

  • You can give child-formula acetaminophen (Tylenol). Ask your pediatrician before giving any fever-reducing medicine to a child for the first time.
  • Bathing or sponging the child with lukewarm water may help bring down the temperature. Do not use cold water, ice baths, or alcohol.
  • Do not give aspirin to a child under 18 years of age because of the risk of Reye's syndrome, a dangerous brain disease.
  • Call your pediatrician to see if you need to bring your child in to see the doctor.

4. Follow Up

  • A child should not return to school or day care until the child is fever free fo at least 24 hours.
  • Call your pediatrician if the fever lasts for more than two days, gets higher, or you are concerned.

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Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on September 14, 2013
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