If uncomfortable, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) may help. Don't give children aspirin as it may cause a rare, serious condition.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Younger than 3 months and 100.4 F (38 C) or higher
  • Three to 6 months old and 102 F (38.9 C) or higher
  • Six to 24 months old, 102 F (38.9 C) or higher, and lasts more than a day
  • Age 2 or older with fever and listless, irritable, or vomiting repeatedly
  • Adult and 103 F (39.4 C) or higher

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017

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