Fever

A fever under 106° is not harmful to your child. A fever is the body’s way of fighting infection. Your child’s behavior is much more important then than the degree of fever. Fevers are only of concern when they last longer than 4 days, or do not respond to fever-reducing medications, unless your child is less than 3 months of age.

IMPORTANT FEVER FACTS:

  • Always take your child’s temperature to accurately monitor your child’s fever.

  • A fever is defined as a temperature greater than 99.5° axillary (under arm) or 100.5° rectal. These numbers are the actual reading off of the thermometer, do not adjust the temperature. When calling our office please give us the actual readings only.

  • Any infant younger than three months of age with a fever needs to be seen immediately. When younger than 3 months of age, do not treat a fever unless directed to do so by our office.

  • A fever less than 102°, use acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol®, Tempra®, Fever-all®).

  • If your child’s fever is greater than 102.5° we recommend the use of ibuprofen (i.e. Motrin®, Advil®, Pediacare fever®).

  • Any fever lasting longer than 4 days (greater than 96 hours) needs to be evaluated in our office.

ACETAMINOPHEN(Tylenol®) given every 4 – 6 hours

Weight                       80MG/0.8 ML                  160MG/5ML                CHEWABLES(80mg/Tablet)                 JUNIORS(160mg/Caplet)

10 – 14 LBS.       ¾ dropper(0.6ml)             2 ml

15 – 19 LBS.        1 dropper(0.8ml)         5/8tsp (3ml)

20 – 24 LBS.       1½ dropper(1.2ml)           4ml

25 – 28 LBS.        2 dropper(1.6ml)          1tsp/5 ml                         2 tabs.

29 – 32 LBS.        2½dropper(2.0ml)           6 ml                             2½ tabs.

33 – 37 LBS.                                                7 ml                             3 tabs.

38 – 41 LBS.                                                8 ml                             3½ tabs.

42 – 46 LBS.                                                9 ml                             3½ tabs.

47 – 57 LBS.                                                2tsp/10 ml                    4 tabs.                                            2 caps.

58 – 69 LBS.                                                12.5ml                          5 tabs.                                           2½ caps.

70 – 80 LBS.                                                3tsp/15ml                     6 tabs.                                            3 caps.

81 – 93 LBS.                                                3½tsp/17.5ml               7 tabs.                                           3½ caps.

94 LBS. and above                                       4tsp/20 ml                    8 tabs.                            4 caps. or 2 adult tabs

 

IBUPROFEN (Motrin®,Advil®) given every 6 – 8 hours

Weight                 Infant Drops(*50mg/1.25ml)              Children Suspension(100mg/5ml)              Chewable Tablets(**100mg/Tab)

09-10 LBS.                      1ml                                                          2ml

11 – 16 LBS.                   1.25ml                                               ½tsp/2.5ml

17 – 21 LBS.                  1.875ml                                             3/4tsp/3.75ml

22 – 27 LBS.                  2.5ml                                                     1tsp/5ml

28 – 32 LBS.                   3ml                                                        6.25ml                                              1tab

33 – 43LBS.                   3.75ml                                                  1 1/2tsp/7.5ml                                   1 1/2 tab

44 – 54 LBS.                                                                               2tsp/10ml                                          2 tabs

55 – 65 LBS.                                                                                12.5ml                                              2 1/2 tabs

66 – 76 LBS.                                                                               3tsp/15ml                                          3 tabs

77 – 87 LBS.                                                                               3 1/2 tsp/17.5ml                               3 1/2 tabs

88 – 98 LBS.                                                                             4 tsp/20ml                                        4tabs/2adult tabs

98 LBS. and above                                                                   4 1/2 tsp/22.5ml                                4tabs/2adult tabs

 

*Please note this dosage is for 50 mg / 1.25 ml. Advil is the same concentration of medication, however

the dropper is for 2.5ml, so divide the listed dose in half if using Advil 100mg/2.5ml.

**Please note this dosage is for 100mg chewable tablets, if you are using the 50mg chewable tablets double

the number of tablets listed.