Fever reducing medicine vs. running its course

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, shares advice for parents on the best way to treat a fever in your child, and explains why medication isn't always the best treatment
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Fever reducing medicine vs. running its course

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Not all fevers need to be treated with medication. A fever is not a disease, it is just a symptom of an illness, so as long as your baby is over 3 months of age, and they are acting okay and they are drinking fluids, you can let the fever run its course. Now if the fever is making your child miserable; if they are not drinking fluids, if they are aching and are uncomfortable, or they are not sleeping well, then that's a reason to treat their fever. You can treat the fever with an appropriate dose of Acetaminophen, or if your child is over 6 months of age, Ibuprofen is another choice. When ever you give your child any medication, make sure you know how much to give them; follow the directions on the box and use the measuring device that comes with the medication, and most importantly keep the medication out of reach, so that way your child doesn't get into it and accidentally take too much. If you have any question about giving your child medication, or what dose to use, ask your pediatrician.

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, shares advice for parents on the best way to treat a fever in your child, and explains why medication isn't always the best treatment

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Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

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A leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Dr. Tanya Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.  She is a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows including Today (NBC), and KTLA (CW Los Angeles). She stays on the cutting edge through her position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel and her private practice.

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