Medical Advice Articles
From Vaccines: Fever can be low grade for 24-48 hours after vaccine administration and does not require a fever reducer. The fever is the body’s way of building an immune response to the vaccine.
From Illness: Fever from an illness is a sign that your child’s body is building an immune response to the infection. The fever will help your child’s body fight the infection. Any fever rectally >100.4F in a 0-60 day old child is critical and warrants immediate evaluation at our office during the day or the ER at night. If the child is 3 months or older with fever and is still feeding well, then there is a lower risk of a problem. Signs of potential trouble are: fever >102 and your child is visibly uncomfortable, excessive sleepiness, poor feeding, abnormal rash, seizure, fast breathing, fever for more than 5 days. Any child with a fever >104F should be seen by their primary provider. Fever in a child with a serious medical condition such as cancer, heart problems, kidney problems, spleen removed, etc. should be seen by a provider.
Treatment of Fever: See our charts for Tylenol or Ibuprofen dosages on our website under Medical Advice. We recommend a fever reducing medication when the fever is >102F. Fever is your friend to kill the pathogen infecting your child. AVOID all aspirin products for children because of a rare condition called Reye syndrome. You can also have your child take a tepid, not cold but lukewarm bath which can help one feel better. You can also use cool compresses to the forehead and pulse points on wrists and ankles to help.
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