A 35-year-old female asked:
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my 3yo has a fever of 102.5 she is sleeping. should i wake to give medicine or is it better to let fever do its job? she has a slight cough.

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Fever: If she is getting rest i think it is best to let her sleep.
Answered on Jun 5, 2017
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
I never: I never wake a kid for fever meds. Sleep is natural treatment by itself.The only meds I would wake a kid for are timed prescription meds (like for seizures) or antibiotics ( and rarely for these). I also prefer ibuprofen to acetaminophen because it doesn't need to be given as often.
Answered on Jun 5, 2017
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