Laurel Pediatrics

FEVER

Fever is your friend!

Fevers are generally not dangerous. They simply mean that your immune system has been activated. Usually your child will have a fever in response to an infection or to a vaccine. In fact, fevers help your immune system respond more effectively to an infection.   There is no need to treat a fever as long as the fever is low (less than 101.5) and your child seems comfortable. However, if your child seems uncomfortable (cranky, not wanting to eat, unable to sleep) it is reasonable to treat the fever.  If your child is more severely ill (breathing difficulty, inconsolable fussiness or pain, making less urine, unable to drink fluids, etc) then you should definitely call us( 856-863-999). If your child is less than 3 months old you should call us with any temperatures above 100.4. 


Dosing Charts for Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen


If given incorrectly, over the counter medications like Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen can be very dangerous. Please review the dosing tables below and double check your medication label before giving medication. You can always call us if you want to confirm the correct dosage.

Dosing chart and notes for Acetaminophen

Dosing chart and notes for Ibuprofen