What can I give my child for fever?

The use of Peppermint Essential Oil (2-3 drops on the soles of the feet and the spine) is an option. **It is recommended to dilute the oil with Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil when applying to children. Peppermint Essential Oil can have a tingling sensation on a child that they can’t explain and may cause some fussiness or crying. NOTE: It is highly recommended to wash your hands after each application, as the Peppermint Essential Oil can burn the eyes if accidental contact occurs.  Please call our office or the provider on call before applying Peppermint Essential Oil on your child.

Use of Tylenol or acetaminophen is not a common recommendation for our practice. We will use it as a last resort in infants less than 6 months old and in children depending on their response to other interventions. Acetaminophen Dosing: 15 mg per kilogram of child’s weight every 6-8 hours by mouth (example: 15lb child=6.8kg; 15mg X 6.8kg=102mg of acetaminophen; would give 100mg as the dose. Please note that most of the acetaminophen strengths should be the same (160mg/5mL), however there are some older versions with a different concentration. Please double check the bottle before administering to your child.

 Cool baths may also bring down fever along with ice packs on pressure points. These interventions may be harder to carry out on younger children.

Motrin, Advil or ibuprofen are also other common recommendations after 6 months of age. It is more common to see an allergy to ibuprofen than to acetaminophen, so we want to caution parents when using ibuprofen for the first time. Ibuprofen Dosing: 10 mg per kilogram of child’s weight every 6-8 hours by mouth (example: 22lb child=10 kg; 10mg X 10kg=100mg of ibuprofen). Please note the strength of ibuprofen you are using; the Infant and Children’s brand have different concentrations.

Please click on the following link for details.  TYLENOL AND MOTRIN DOSING

IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF DOSING, CONTACT OUR OFFICE OR THE PROVIDER ON CALL. DOSING IS IN KILOGRAMS, not pounds!