Pediatric providers define a fever as a temperature that is greater than or equal to 100.4°F in a child under 2 years old and more than 101°F in a child over 2 years old.
Fever is a natural response to an illness, and there's no temperature at which the fever itself will damage your child. This being true, it is recommended you give your child fever reducers such as ibuprofen (for children older than 6 months) or Tylenol only if they're fussy or not feeling well. But if your child has a fever and is uncomfortable, there are a few things you can do to help.
This illness guide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
If you think your child may have a life threatening emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.