Child Fever Resources for Parents

Minimize common misconceptions and provide simple guidelines that ease concerns.

Educate parents about fever and fever-reducing medication

50% of parents believe their child has a fever when they have a temperature of less than 100.4°F1. And 1 out of every 4 parents would give antipyretics for temperatures <100°F. 2*

85% of parents reported waking their child to give medication

Even though 80% of pediatricians recommend letting them sleep.2*

Tell parents

A child’s temperature can vary by age, activity, and the time of day taken. 3 Each child’s “normal” is different, but a temperature above 100.4°F may indicate fever.3

The makers of TYLENOL® and MOTRIN® provide dosing resources and patient education to support your counseling efforts. In addition, the Infants’ TYLENOL ® product comes with a SimpleMeasure® syringe.

Let parents know it’s time to contact you if1:
Child under 3 months1:

Temperature of 100.4°F or higher

Child over 3 months1:

Temperature over 104°F


Temperature over 100.4°F plus any of the following symptoms1:

  • Severe headache
  • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea
  • Unusual rash
  • Sore throat or ear pain
  • Stiff neck
  • Appears very ill or extremely drowsy/fussy
  • Has been in a very hot place, like an overheated car
  • Has underlying immune system problems or seizure history, or takes steroids 
Fever Resources

Treating Children’s Fevers

Give parents tools to help manage and treat fever.

Children’s TYLENOL® Dosing

Make sure parents know the right dose

Before administering antipyretics to children.

*According to studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

REFERENCES: 1. When to call the pediatrician: fever. Accessed April 10, 2017. 2. Sullivan JE, Farrar HC; and the Section on Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Committee on Drugs. Fever and antipyretic use in children. Pediatrics. 2011;127:580-587. 3. Fever and your baby. Accessed April 10, 2017.