Breaking a Fever to Comfort Children and Promote Hydration

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.

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.

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