Fevers

Fever is one of the body’s natural defenses against infections, viral and bacterial.

Normal

Normal temperature is about 98.6°F (37°C). Your normal temperature may vary 1 to 2° throughout the day, with lowest in the early morning and highest in the late afternoon or evening. A fever is considered 100°F or greater.

Guidelines

For fever between 100° and 102°F
Drink plenty of fluids.
Rest.
Dress lightly.
Take acetaminophen, aspirin, or Motrin IB for headache or body aches according to the directions below.

For fever over 102°F
Drink plenty of fluids.
Take acetaminophen, aspirin, or Motrin IB for headache or body aches according to the directions below.
Take a lukewarm shower if fever has not lessened in 30 to 40 minutes.
See your personal physician if fever of 101°F persists for 48 hours or longer.

Common Medications That May Help

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)– 2 tablets every four hours as needed.
Aspirin– 2 tablets every four hours as needed.
Motrin IB– 1 or 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours as needed.

WARNING: Do not give children aspirin due to aspirin’s association with Reye’s Syndorome.
WARNING: Aspirin and Motrin IB may cause stomach irritation and should be taken with food. Do not take aspirin or Motrin IB if you have a history of ulcer disease, a bleeding disorder or are allergic to aspirin.