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Fever is a common ailment we see at Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care. If your child has a fever, it is probably a sign that their body is fighting an infection. This can be considered a good thing! It means that their immune system is working properly to rid itself of the infection. When your child has a fever, the main purpose for treatment is to help them feel better. If they have a mild fever and are able to play and do not seem to be in any distress, medication may not be required. It is always good to try to let them fight off the fever on their own.
Most pediatricians consider any thermometer reading above 100.4°F a sign of a fever. This number may vary depending on the method used for taking your child’s temperature. If you call your pediatrician, say which method you used. If they are younger than 2 months of age and have a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38°C) or higher, they should go to the doctor.
Both acetaminophen and ibuprofen are safe and effective medication to give your child in proper doses. It is extremely important to follow the correct dosage and medication schedule for your child. Remember, any medication can be dangerous if you give your child too much.