Breaking a Fever to Comfort Children and Promote Hydration

Published Online: Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

In this clip from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Mary Jean Ohns, DNP, APRN, CPNP, CCRN, from the Toledo Children's hospital shares how breaking a fever can make children more comfortable and increase their likelihood to drink water.

Mary Jean Ohns, DNP, APRN, CPNP, CCRN: We treat the fever for comfort, so if the child is uncomfortable or doesn't feel well enough to drink, then we want to treat the fever. It depends on the age of the child. Age 6 months and up, Motrin, in my opinion, works better than Tylenol does. We can give Tylenol to kids from [age] 3 months and up. It's a weight-based dose, so we need to make sure we give them the correct dose. If they don't have a good weight-based dose, it won't be as effective. And, then, hopefully, the temperature comes down a bit, the child will feel better, and then they drink, which will also help with their fever, if they stay hydrated.

Current Issue

The Educated Patient

Bethany Rettberg, NPC
An accurate medical history and a physical exam are critical to rule out more serious conditions.
Bethany Rettberg, NPC
Practitioners should get a detailed medical history and conduct a thorough physical to treat sinus infections.
Jennifer L. Hofmann, MS, PA-C
Providing them with advice can improve control of the disease and reduce hospitalizations, morbidity, and unscheduled health care visits.
Emily C. Hayes, PharmD Candidate
Colds, coughs, and a relentless influx of sick patients in retail health clinics keep the health care providers who work there very busy.
$vacMongoViewPlus$ $vAR$
Contemporary Clinic
MJH Associates
American Journal of Managed Care
MD Magazine
Pharmacy Times
Specialty Pharmacy Times
Targeted Oncology
About Us
Contact Us
Terms & Conditions
Pharmacy Healthcare & Communications, LLC
2 Clarke Drive
Suite 100
Cranbury, NJ 08512
P: 609-716-7777
F: 609-257-0701

Copyright Contemporary Clinic 2019
Pharmacy Healthcare & Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved.