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A 37-year-old female asked:

14month old son.what temperature means fever?what to do immediately when fever?give infant tylenol (acetaminophen) or something?pl suggest.

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Please see below: Different people have different definitions of what constitutes fever. If his temperature is between 99.5-101, I would call it a low grade fever. If he's happy, you don't have to give him Tylenol (acetaminophen). If he's cranky or in pain, then give it. If his temp is 102+, it's reasonable to see the Dr. to make sure it's not more than a virus. Offer plenty of healthy liquids to him.
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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Take a breath: For most healthy children, I consider 101 to be a fever. For tiny or sick babies it's different. Take a breath and immediately take a good look at your son. Is he breathing usually/comfortably? Is he drinking fluids and having wet diapers? Fever is a defense mechanism which helps your body fight infections by making it less hospitable. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can lower fever, but isn't always needed.
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Last updated Oct 28, 2015


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