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Check Your Symptoms - What to do for a Fever

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Updated June 05, 2014

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Choose a Medication for Your Fever
Check Your Symptoms - What to do for a Fever

Which medication should you take for fever?

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Once you have decided that you actually have a fever and need to treat it, you should consider your medication options. The most common medications to treat fever are:

If your child is younger than 2 months old and has a fever, you should call your pediatrician before giving him or her any medication.

Tylenol is safe for children over 2 months old.

Advil and Motrin (ibuprofen) are safe for children over 6 months old.

Aspirin should not be given to children under 18 years old unless instructed to by a doctor. It should never be given to a child with cold or flu symptoms because it can cause a serious disease called Reye's Syndrome.

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