1. What to do: Treatment options

  • Acetaminophen by mouth: works well for common fever, can be given every 4 hours as needed
  • Acetaminophen suppository: available OTC, when child cannot tolerate by mouth
  • Ibuprofen: works better and longer for high fevers given every 6-8 hours
  • Do not give Ibuprofen to an infant less than 6 months old
2. Bring the child to the office if:
  • High fevers of 104 or higher that don’t come down to 101 or 102 with the treatment measures above
  • Lethargy – child being limp, lifeless, unresponsive, or won’t make eye contact.
  • Irritability – child crying for hours and is almost impossible to console.