• How much medicine should i give my newborn for fever?

    Lupe wanted to know how much acetaminophen should be given to a one-month old.

    Dr. Sue writes:

    Lupe, great question, but the answer to that is none. In pediatrics, we really want to see a baby that is under eight weeks of age and has a temperature of 100.4 or higher. If they do, that is an absolute call to your pediatrician, and we would prefer that you don't give them any acetaminophen prior to being seen.

  • Should I use acetaminophen after shots?

    The next question comes from Holly and she said, "Should I give my little one Acetaminophen after their shots?" 

    Dr. Sue writes:

    That's a great question. If your baby is acting absolutely fine, which is a case for most children after immunizations, then don't give them anything. If they seem to be more irritable, because we did give them a few shots in their legs or if they run a fever over 100.4, use your dosing chart and give your child the appropriate dose for their weight. You can use that every four to six hours. Pediatricians really want to see a baby that is under eight weeks of age and has a temperature of 100.4 or higher. If your baby is less than 8 weeks old and has a fever, call your pediatrician before giving them acetaminophen. If your child is going to have a fever or be irritable, it is going to be in the first 24 to 36 hours post vaccinations. Don't think that something that happened a week later is related to those vaccines.

  • When should I worry about a fever?

    Isabella wanted to know, "When do I need to worry about a fever?"

    Dr. Sue writes:

    You know Isabella, fevers really put fear into new parents and I understand that as a mom and a doctor, but fever is your friend. Remember that fever is an immune response and actually shows that your child is fighting probably a viral infection. So the number on the thermometer is not as important as how your child is acting. So 101 is really no different than 100.4, than a 104. That's when you want to use the acetaminophen product with a dosage appropriate for your child's age and you want to go by weight rather than age. It's really important in an infant because they absolutely are different, so make sure you look at your child's weight and ask your doctor for a dosage chart to keep it handy. Pediatricians really want to see a baby that is under eight weeks of age and has a temperature of 100.4 or higher. If your baby is less than 8 weeks old and has a fever, call your pediatrician before giving them acetaminophen.