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Fever in kids

By: Spencer

It’s that time of year once again – cold and flu season. All parents have had the experience of going to pick up or hug your child and realizing they’re burning up.

So what should you do? First, take the child’s temperature. If your child is 3-years or older, you can take it by mouth or armpit.

By mouth:

·        Wait 15 minutes after eating/drinking

·         Place the tip of the thermometer under the tongue towards the back of the mouth.

·         Keep the mouth closed

Under the armpit:

·         Place the tip of the thermometer under the armpit against the skin

·         Hold the arm against the thermometer

If your child is under 3 years old, take the temperature rectally:

·         Apply lubricant onto the tip of the thermometer

·         Insert the tip into the rectum

·         Keep the thermometer still by holding it with one hand and holding the child’s bottom with the other hand.

·         Clean after every use.

A temperature greater than 100.3 degrees F or 38 degrees C is a fever.

If your child has a fever:

·         See your pediatrician,

·         According to your pediatrician’s directions and medication instructions, give Tylenol (acetaminophen) based on the child’s weight,

·         Remove unnecessary clothing to help lower the temperature,

·         Have the child drink lots of fluids,

·         Retake temperature one hour after giving medication,

·         If there is still a fever, give Advil (ibuprofen) with direction from your pediatrician and medication instructions, and

·         If fever continues, take your child to the pediatrician or the Emergency Department.

Remember, you know your child best! If something doesn’t seem right, seek immediate medical attention.


Need emergency care? Adventist HealthCare has you covered! You can even make online appointments at one of our three Urgent Care Centers.

Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.