Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are over-the-counter medicines that relieve pain and reduce fever. Ibuprofen relieves swelling but acetaminophen does not.
To get an accurate temperature reading for newborns to one-year-olds, use only a rectal thermometer. Follow package directions.
Your health care provider recommends treating a fever in a child younger than one year old only if he or she has a fever higher than 102 F by rectum. You should not give any form of fever-reducing or pain medicine to a child younger than one year old if you do not know his or her
It is important to follow your health care provider's instructions and/or the directions on the package label. Ask your health care provider if you are unsure about giving your child medicine to reduce a fever.
Brand names of acetaminophen include Liquiprin®, Tempra®, Little Fevers® and Children's Tylenol® Oral Suspension®.
Acetaminophen dosage chart
Find your child's weight. Follow the column that matches your child's weight to liquid or chewable tablets.
newborn to 2 years
(1 and 1/2 teaspoon)
1.25 mL (1/4 teaspoon)
2.5 mL (1/2 teaspoon)
3.75 mL (3/4 teaspoon)
5 mL (1 teaspoon)
7.5 mL (1 and 1/2 teaspoon)
1 1/2 tablets
Brand names of ibuprofen include Advil®, Motrin® and Nuprin®. Ibuprofen is also known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Ibuprofen dosage chart
Find your child's weight. Follow the column that matches your child's weight to drops, liquid or chewable tablets.
6 to 23 months
2 to 3 years
1.25 mL (2/3 dropper)
1.875 mL (1 dropper)
2.5 mL (1 and 1/3 dropper)
3.75 mL (2 droppers)
Do not give your child aspirin or medicines that contain salicylate to treat a viral illness, unless your health care provider gives you instructions.
These medicines put your child at risk of developing Reye's syndrome , a life-threatening brain and liver disorder.
Call your health care provider if:
Call 911 if your child has trouble breathing, or if the seizure lasts more than 15 minutes.
A febrile (fever) seizure is usually harmless. About 6 percent of children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years have a seizure with a rapidly rising fever.
A seizure usually lasts for less than 1 minute but it can last up to 15 minutes or longer.
Your child is possibly having a seizure if:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic