How can I tell if my child has a fever?
Children with fevers often do not act like their normal selves and may:
- talk less
- be less active or play less
- eat or drink less
- be more fussy
Here is how to measure your child's temperature using the armpit method:
- Clean thermometer with cool, soapy water. Rinse.
- Place tip of thermometer in centre of child's armpit.
- Tuck child's arm close against their side.
- Remove thermometer when you hear a beep (about 1 minute) and read temperature.
- 37.1°C (98.8°F) or higher means your child has a fever.
NEVER use a mercury thermometer.
What can I do if my child has a fever?
- Keep your child comfy. Dress your child in light clothing or blankets to help lower body temperature.
- Place cool cloths on your child's forehead, wrists, and/or groin.
Can I give my child medicine?
- If your child is under 3 months, call a doctor right away. DO NOT give any medicine.
- If your child is over 3 months, you can give Children's or Infant's Tylenol, Tempra, Advil, or Motrin.
NEVER give a child Aspirin (ASA).
When do I call my doctor?
Call your doctor:
- if your child is less than 3 months old
- if your child has had a fever for more than 2 days
- if your child is not drinking
- if you are worried