FACT: Always talk with your provider before giving your baby any kind of medicine. He or she will tell you the right dosage, based on baby’s weight. If your baby is 6 months or younger, don’t give ibuprofen (found in Advil and Motrin, and other over-the-counter drugs).
Drugs can lower a fever, but it can’t fight the infection that’s causing the fever. That means that when the medicine wears off, the fever could come back. Medications will typically only lower a temperature by 1-2 degrees, they will not necessarily bring the temperature down to 98.6°F.