- Elevation of the normal body temperature.
- Fever is a friend – it helps the body fight infection.
- Fever is not dangerous and will never go high enough to cause harm (even when over 104 F).
- Fever is often higher in the evening and lower in the morning.
- Fever should only last 2-3 days.
- If temperature is below 101 F – no treatment necessary.
- Increase daily fluid intake.
- Keep child lightly dressed with clothes that will breathe.
- Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for comfort.
- For temperatures above 103 F – bathe child in lukewarm bath 20-30 minutes (water temperature should be around 98 F).
- Call immediately if child is under 2 months of age and has a temperature above 100.5 F, child is difficult to arouse or does not interact with you, child is complaining of stiff neck or not able to move neck.
- Call during regular office hours if the fever last longer than 3 days.