Pain & Fever
Parent counseling tips
How to keep kids with fever comfortable
- Try not to worry: Fevers can be uncomfortable, but they are one of the body's ways to fight illness or infection
- Prevent dehydration: Make sure your child is drinking plenty of water. If they can’t or won’t, give them a frozen treat or fruit juice. For a baby, provide extra formula or breast milk throughout the day.
- Keep things cool: Dress your child in light clothes, keep their room cool with a fan, or sponge bathe your child in a tub with 1 to 2 inches of lukewarm water
- Try a fever reducer: TYLENOL® or MOTRIN® can help lower a fever
Pediatric Fever Resource
Symptoms to watch for
Keep an eye out for the following symptoms, which could indicate a problem when coupled with a fever:
- Lethargy: Your child has lost his or her appetite, has little energy, or is noticeably pale or flushed, or you notice other changes in behavior or appearance
- Rash: Your child has small, purple-red spots on his or her skin that don’t turn white when you press on them, or large purple blotches
- Difficulty swallowing: Your child is unable to swallow and is drooling excessively
- Difficulty breathing: Your child has difficulty breathing even after you clear his or her nose with a bulb syringe
- Bad mood: Your child seems delirious, glassy–eyed, or extremely cranky or irritable
If you notice any of these symptoms with a fever, call your pediatrician right away. Be sure to also mention other symptoms such as a cough, ear pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Good to know
Recent consensus guidelines from AAP for febrile infants
Evaluating young febrile infants involves a delicate balance between caution and a desire to avoid subjecting patients to unnecessary procedures. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released detailed consensus guidelines for the workup and treatment of well-appearing infants with rectal temperatures ≥ 100.4 °F.
The guidelines include algorithms for diagnostic testing of 3 age groups:8 to 21 days, 22 to 28 days, and 29 to 60 days.
Along with these guidelines, the AAP recommends involving the family in all decision-making.
Encourage parents to talk with you or another healthcare professional if they have questions or concerns.
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