Should I give my child Tylenol for a fever?

Too often, parents reach straight for fever-reducing medications like Tylenol or Motrin, says Johnson Memorial Health. But unless your pediatrician has specifically recommended medication, we advise that you hold off and give your child’s fever a chance to do its job.

Is it better to take Tylenol for fever or not?

A. The best evidence suggests that there is neither harm nor benefit to treating a fever with fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Hundreds of millions of years ago, animals developed fever as an evolutionary response to infection.

Should you let a child’s fever run its course?

At Westchester Health, we advise our parents that letting a fever run its course can reduce the length and severity of many illnesses, and therefore they shouldn’t automatically give their child fever reducing medicine.

When should you give a child Tylenol for fever?

Don’t give your child medicine if he or she is between 3 months and 3 years of age and has a temperature of 102°F or lower. If your child is achy and fussy, and his or her temperature is above 102°F (38.8°C), you may want to give him or her acetaminophen.

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When is a fever too high for a child?

If his or her temperature is above 100.4 degrees, it is time to call us. For children ages three months to three years, call us if there is a fever of 102 degrees or higher. For all kids three years and older, a fever of 103 degrees or higher means it is time to call Pediatrics East.

How do you reduce a fever in a child?

Other ways to reduce a fever:

  1. Dress your child lightly. Excess clothing will trap body heat and cause the temperature to rise.
  2. Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids, such as water, juices, or popsicles.
  3. Give your child a lukewarm bath. Do not allow your child to shiver from cold water. …
  4. Don’t use alcohol baths.

Is it OK to leave a fever untreated?

Generally, a fever on its own isn’t dangerous and there’s no real need to treat it. You should, however, seek treatment for the following reasons: You have an infant under 3 months with a fever above 100.4 degrees.

What happens if you leave fever untreated?

Brain damage from a fever generally will not occur unless the fever is over 107.6°F (42°C). Untreated fevers caused by infection will seldom go over 105°F (40.6°C) unless the child is overdressed or in a hot place. Febrile seizures do occur in some children.

What happens if Tylenol doesn’t break a fever?

Fevers that don’t respond to fever medicine can be caused by viruses or bacteria, and, again, it doesn’t matter if the medicine works or not because you want to make sure you look at your child’s other symptoms. You can have a child with a severe virus.

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Is it OK to give a child Tylenol?

Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help children with colds and fever feel better. As with all drugs, it is important to give children the correct dose. Acetaminophen is safe when taken as directed. But, taking too much of this medicine can be harmful.

At what temperature should you treat a child fever?

For children over 2 months old, fevers need to be treated only if they cause discomfort. Usually that means fever over 102°F or 103°F (39°C or 39.4°C). Because the brain has a thermostat, fevers from infection usually top out at 103°F to 104°F (39.4°C to 40°C).

Why do fevers spike at night?

At night, there is less cortisol in your blood. As a result, your white blood cells readily detect and fight infections in your body at this time, provoking the symptoms of the infection to surface, such as fever, congestion, chills, or sweating. Therefore, you feel sicker during the night.