Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fever Newborn Treatment

The treatment for fever in an infant depends on the underlying cause.

Treatment for a fever in an infant may include:

  • Encourage plenty of liquids
  • Light clothing
  • Acetaminophen for fever
    • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Ibuprofen for fever
    • Dosing for children over 6 months of age is 7-10 mg per kilogram (4-5 mg per pound) of body weight every 6 hours, up to the adult dose.

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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