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Children's Fever

The FMH Emergency Department recommends using Children's Strength Motrin (Ibuprofen) for the treatment of fever in children:

What is a fever in a child?

Anything 101 degrees and over.

What is the preferred method of taking a temperature?

An oral temperature reading is acceptable if the child can hold it under their tongue. Otherwise a rectal temp is the preferred site for accuracy.

How much Children's Strength Motrin should I give my child?

Motrin is administered to children based on weight and may be given every six hours.

 Motrin Scale:
 Child’s Weight  Motrin Susp. (100mg/5ml)

 Fever under 102.5 
(5 mg/kg)

Fever over 102.5  (10mg/kg)

 13-17 lbs.  1/4 teaspoon  1/2 teaspoon
 18-23 lbs. 1/2 teaspoon    1 teaspoon
 24-35 lbs.  3/4 teaspoon  1 1/2 teaspoons
 36-47 lbs. 1 teaspoon  2 teaspoons 
 48-59 lbs. 1 1/4 teaspoons   2 1/2 teaspoons
60-71 lbs.  1 1/2 teaspoons  3 teaspoons  
72-95 lbs  2 teaspoons   4 teaspoons

Contact your family physician if you have any questions. 



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