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How to Properly Treat Your Child’s Fever

As a mom, there is nothing I dislike more than one of my children being sick, especially when there is a fever involved. But according to a couple of recent surveys of parents and pediatricians, more than half of all parents report feeling anxious, fearful or helpless when their child comes down with a fever. So it definitely sounds like I’m not alone.

When my children are sick or running a fever, I want to do everything within my power to make sure they get better as soon as possible.  In my haste to make my children comfortable, I found that I was not properly managing the fever.

childrens advil logoTo help better prepare for fevers during cold and flu season, Dr. Alanna Levine and the makers of Children’s Advil® recommend the following tips to properly treating your child’s fever:

  • Stay Cool: Remember that most fevers are in fact indicators that the body is fighting an underlying illness.
  • Be Prepared: Start the season by talking to a pediatrician about proper fever management. Also, check the medicine cabinet to ensure that all medications have not expired or been recalled.
  • Watch for Serious Signs: Generally, it’s time to call a pediatrician:

– if your child is less than three months old and has a fever of 100 degrees or higher;
– if the fever is over 103 degrees, no matter what the child’s age;
– if the fever lasts more than three days;
– if your child has a fever and looks and acts very sick;
– if you are concerned regarding your child’s health.

  • Long Lasting Relief: When choosing a fever medication, be sure to consider how long the medication will last. Children’s Advil, which contains ibuprofen, provides up to 8-hours of relief with one dose.

medical stethoscopeSome common mistakes parents make (I’m so embarrassed that I’m guilty of two of the three) are:

  • More than half of parents (52 percent) have sent their kids back to school or daycare less than 24 hours after their fever passed.
  • More than half of parents (52 percent) report waking their sick child up in the middle of the night just to give them fever medicine.
  • One in five parents (17 percent) admitted to bringing their child to the emergency room solely for a fever without first calling their pediatrician.

I couldn’t count on both hands how many times I’ve woke my children up in the middle of the night to give them medication for fever. Oh and emergency room visits — we’ve had our fair share, that’s for sure.

Being a parent is by far the hardest job I’ve ever had but it’s also the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.  Your best bet, when unsure, is to call your pediatrician for proper dosing instructions and how to properly treat your child’s fever.

Thank you to Children’s Advil® for providing free product samples, the survey information, and gift pack.

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    I took my son with a very high fever to the ER. I was so worried because it was over 103. I didn’t think about the incredibly hot shower I had given him earlier before I discovered his fever. By the time, we were seen at the hospital at 2AM it was back down to a manageable 101. i just hate it when the they get sick. I can’t help but worry.

  2. 2

    It’s always scary when your child gets a fever, these are wonderful tips!

  3. 3

    I think another sign it’s time to call the pediatrician (or go to the ER) is if your child has trouble breathing. My son had a fever and trouble breathing and had pneumonia. Great tips!

  4. 4

    my husband always tries to give our kids a hot bath and I have to remind him that it’s SO bad for them!

  5. 5

    You brought back lots of memories about worrying about them. I used to like to pat their foreheads with a cool wet washcloth a little bit, plus it gave me an excuse to love on them more. 🙂

  6. 6

    I hate when my son runs a fever. But, maybe it’s because I was a wee bit older 🙂 when I had my son, I’ve never done any of those three. I’ve been through a lot of things with my nieces and nephews, and a bit (hopefully) wiser, so I haven’t been to bad to overreact over things. I did call the pediatrician anytime I was worried, though.

  7. 7

    With my kids, if they spike an extremely high fever, it’s usually followed by vomiting. I won’t wake them up to give them medicine. I give them some before they go to bed, and check on them later.

  8. 8

    Great tips for kids with fevers! I know it is always scary when one of my kids is sick.

  9. 9

    Fevers freak me out! My nephew had such a high fever that he had a seizure so I’m always freaked out about it. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  10. 10

    Great tips! I’m guilty of a couple of those things too.

  11. 11

    The only time I ever woke my son to give him meds was under Drs. orders. He had a 105+ fever that lasted for 6 days. Never found out what it was – but it was awful. Great tips!! I worked at a daycare and can tell you many MANY parents bring their children in with fevers too!

  12. 12

    I was lucky growing up because my grandma was a nurse. We just called her when in doubt…still do 🙂

  13. 13

    Great tips. I am a big fan of advil, it always seems to work when other products don’t

  14. 14

    Thanks for the tips. It’s always scary when it’s the kids.

  15. 15

    I’ve woken my kids before, but only if they were super hot!

  16. 16

    I think I’m going to be a nervous wreck every time I see my sweet baby has a fever.. 🙁

  17. 17

    Great tips!

  18. 18

    Great tips for children with fevers. Another one you can do before going the the Er or doctor is put them in the bath tub in room tempture water and take the wash cloth and bath them with it very slowly. The water will evporate slowly and help bring there fever down or break it.

    Thanks all parents have those time, and never for get about your gut instint. They are always right.\

  19. 19

    I’ve taken my daughter to the doctor before with a fever but it was a good thing because she ended up having a bladder infection … sometimes you just have to go with your gut.

  20. 20

    These are great tips. I always keep fever meds on hand.

  21. 21

    I immediately panic over a fever with my eldest child. She had meningitis as an infant, and ever since that day, I tend to ‘lose’ it when she gets sick.

    While working in childcare, I saw tons of parents bring very sick children into the facility. We would turn them away and they would get furious because they were missing work. I can understand that feeling though, it’s hard when your job puts pressure on you to never miss a day.

  22. 22

    We try not to treat a fever unless absolutely necessary

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