Caring for Pain Symptoms

How to treat your child’s fever

Fever is a symptom — a sign that your child's body is fighting off an infection. Most fevers are caused by common childhood illnesses like colds, flu, ear infections, bronchitis, and tonsillitis. 

Fever can also be brought on by teething or immunisations.

Treating a fever is important, because if your child's temperature is too high, she'll be too uncomfortable to eat, drink, or sleep, and that makes it harder for her to get better. Using Children's TYLENOL® will help lower a fever and make your child more comfortable while she gets better.

Your loving care as in the tips below will help relieve the fever, together with Children's TYLENOL® to be taken as directed on the label:

  • If shivering, keep your child warm until the shivering stops
  • If not shivering, you can remove your child's warm clothes and encourage her to drink plenty of fluids
  • Keep your child rested, quiet, and comfortable in a cool room
  • Place a cool washcloth on your child's forehead or sponge her with tepid water. Make sure it's not cold and stop if your child starts to shiver
  • Never use rubbing alcohol to cool your child's skin — the vapors are toxic and can be absorbed through the skin
  • If you have questions about medication for your child, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

An ear infection may clear up on its own. You can make your child more comfortable by placing a warm (not hot) heating pad or water bottle over the infected ear to help relieve the pain and discomfort. Your doctor may also recommend TYLENOL® for a few days to relieve the pain and fever.

Remember that temperature readings are different from different parts of the body (rectum, ear, mouth). Your child has a fever if her temperature is above:

  • Rectal 100.4° F (38.0° C)
  • Oral 99.5° F (37.5° C)
  • Axillary (armpit) 98.6° F (37.0° C)
  • Tympanic (ear) 100.0° F (37.8° C)


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