Treatment of Fever

Fevers in healthy babies are usually not serious.

When your baby’s temperature rises, it can be alarming. But a fever can also be helpful because it’s often the body's way of fighting infection.

Not all fevers need to be treated. However, a high fever can make your baby uncomfortable and cause problems such as dehydration.

If your baby’s face feels hot to the touch, looks red or flushed, he may have a fever.

If your baby is less than three months old and has a fever, call your pediatrician before giving acetaminophen.

Unless ordered by your pediatrician, aspirin should not be given to children. Several studies link aspirin use in children with Reye’s syndrome, a severe illness that may be fatal.