Are there other significant symptoms besides fever?

Is the patient under 3 months old and not had a shot recently?
Is the fever staying above 103 degrees?
Has there been fever for over 48 hours?

ACTIVITIES:  Children should stay home from school till fever is gone.  Decrease activity until feeling better.  You do not have to stay in bed if you feel like being up.

MEDICATIONS:  You should take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) for temperatures over 102°F. Most patients will not need medication for fever under 102 degrees unless there are also aches and pains.

DIET:  Drink plenty of fluids as this helps decrease the fever and prevent dehydration.


1. The temperature is staying over 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. You see no improvement after 24 hours.
3. The patient has seizure, twitching, or unusual behavior.
4. There is excessive vomiting or diarrhea, unusual pain, difficulty breathing, or stiff neck.
5. Signs of dehydration occur: Dry mouth, tearless or sunken eyes, little or no urine.

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This page was last updated on 24 February 2012.