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My kid has chickenpox and a fever, can I give him ibuprofen?

My kid has chickenpox and a fever, can I give him ibuprofen?

Yes: There has been some scuttlebutt in the medical community about Ibuprofen for febrile illness increasing incidence if mrsa, but nothing proven. I would not fear to use it on my kids. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Chicken pox: While you are indeed correct that Aspirin use has been associated with reye's , this is not the case with any of the other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid's). So it is fine to use Ibuprofen with chicken pox. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of ibuprofen used in babies for fever?

What are the side effects of ibuprofen used in babies for fever?

Stomach irritation: We usually recommend waiting until about 6 months before starting to use Ibuprofen for babies for fever or pain. It can cause irritation of the stomach, and in rare cases it can interfere with platelet function. Always ask a doctor for the correct dose. Dose should be based on the baby's weight , not age. ...Read more

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I have a 101 degree fever. Will taking ibuprofen make it last longer?

 I have a 101 degree fever. Will taking ibuprofen make it last longer?

No.: Ibuprofen may reduce your fever but it will not generally affect the outcome of the illness. Fever generally comes back as soon as the ibuprofen wears off. ...Read more

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My 4yr old is running a fever..Can i alternate Advil and ibuprofen every two hours?

No: Advil and ibuprophen are the same drug. You can alternate ibuprophen and tylenol, (acetaminophen) but iburophen should be givenat 6-8 hrs interval, tylenol-4-6 hrs. ...Read more

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What can I give my one year old for her cough after i gave her Advil (ibuprofen) for her fever?

What can I give my one year old for her cough after i gave her Advil (ibuprofen) for her fever?

Cough: In general, cough medications are not recommended for children of this age. A cool mist humidifier and proper hydration are often helpful. However, because the list of potential causes is long, a child with fever and cough should be seen by their doctor. ...Read more

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Had fever 1 day and 1/2. Not coming down from luke warm showers and ibuprofen. What else is there to do?

Had fever 1 day and 1/2. Not coming down from luke warm showers and ibuprofen. What else is there to do?

Fever not always bad: A fever is not always a bad thing. It may make you uncomfortable when it gets above 101. It is considered a significant problem if it goes above 106 which it almost never does. See link for guidelines from the mayo clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fever/in-depth/fever/art-20050997. ...Read more

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I have had a low grade fever (99.0-100°) every day for at least a month. Ibuprofen only brings it down to 99ish. Usually around 99.8°.

I have had a low grade fever (99.0-100°) every day for at least a month. Ibuprofen only brings it down to 99ish. Usually around 99.8°.

Fever?: I have had a low grade fever (99.0-100°) every day for at least a month. Ibuprofen only brings it down to 99ish. Usually around 99.8°. ANS: I would check with a good mercury thermometer and discuss with your Dr. The most accurate body temperature can be obtained by peeing into an insulated cup and measure the temp of you pee immediately. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing sudden onset of rigors, & fever. Ibuprofen works to end episode. 1-2 x a month. Otherwise healthy? Please advise!

I have been experiencing sudden onset of rigors, & fever. Ibuprofen works to end episode. 1-2 x a month. Otherwise healthy? Please advise!

Somewhat: Suspicious symptom and at your age a thorough evaluation by your doctor would be in order and recommended. That is not a normal thing to occur. ...Read more

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My 6 year old has a fever of 103. Gave her some ibuprofen about 20 min ago and now her temperature is 102. What else can I do to get her fever down?

My 6 year old  has a fever of 103. Gave her some ibuprofen about 20 min ago and now her temperature is 102. What else can I do to get her fever down?

Fever: Fever is a reaction of body to infection/inflammation. Fever reducers takes time to bring the temperature down and if fever high grade may not come to normal body tempertaure. Luke warm bath or cool wash cloth can be used for high fever 103/104 f along with fever reducers for high fevers one can alternate tylenol/motrin every 4 hours. Motrin recommended for a 6 month old infant. ...Read more

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Do I have a fever? Simptoms: 100.1° it goes on and off though the day (it started 2 days ago) i took 2 ibuprofen tabs(200mg), drinking lots of water,

Do I have a fever? Simptoms: 100.1° it goes on and off though the day (it started 2 days ago) i took 2 ibuprofen tabs(200mg), drinking lots of water,

See PCP: !00.1 is considered a low grade fever. It could just be a viral infection. Is it accompanied by other symptoms? If the fever does not go away, see your pcp. Tylenol (acetaminophen) maybe better with lots of water. ...Read more

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My 2 yearold son, has a fever of 101 i just gave him some children's Advil, (ibuprofen) when I put the bottle back I noticed that the bottle was expired 9/15. ?

My 2 yearold son, has a fever of 101 i just gave  him some children's Advil, (ibuprofen) when I put the bottle back I noticed that the bottle was expired 9/15. ?

Not a problem: This med will not turn toxic after the listed date, that's just the last time they assure potency. If it seems to be effective it is okay to use for now, but I would pick up a fresh bottle the next time you go shopping. ...Read more

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My 3 year old is having fever as high as 103 with cough. Giving her panadol every 6 hours n just started advil (ibuprofen). Can i give these 2 medicines together?

My 3 year old is having fever as high as 103 with cough. Giving her panadol every 6 hours n just started advil (ibuprofen). Can i give these 2 medicines together?

Medication: Some doctors will prescribe the use ofboth drugs so that you take one or the other over 6 hours, that is, one or the other every three hours for elevated temp. ...Read more

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Why doesn't chickenpox spread like the common fever ?

Why doesn't chickenpox spread like the common fever ?

It does: If a common fever is l a viral infection, chicken pox spreads the same way respiratory droplet, more infective before the rash, but so many adults and kids either had the chicken pox or r vaccine it won't be as prevalent. ...Read more

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How much children ibuprofen do I giv my 1 1/2 year old child for a fever ?

How much children ibuprofen do I giv my 1 1/2 year old child for a fever ?

Ibuprofen in kids: Unfortunately, recommendations for dosing of medications is, at least in my state, against regulations since your not established as a patient with my practice. Making recommendations is ok but actually dosing anything is a line i can't cross. Contact your pediatrician or primary care physician to get recommendation. ...Read more

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I have 9month baby how much infant Advil (ibuprofen) should I give him for a fever?

I have 9month baby how much infant Advil (ibuprofen) should I give him for a fever?

Depends on weight: Here is a link to the advil (ibuprofen) site for weight-based dosing. Good luck! http://childrens.Advil.Com/infants-advil (ibuprofen)-drops. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has some fever and aches now, but he had contact with child that developed chickenpox.?

My 4 year old has some fever and aches now, but he had contact with child that developed chickenpox.?

If no rash...: ...Then it's unlikely to be chicken pox, although not unheard of. Fever and aches accompany pretty much any viral illness of childhood, and there are literally hundreds of them. If it persists or gets worse, let your pediatrician have a look. ...Read more

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Fever at 102.5, trying to break it with Advil (ibuprofen) and fluids. Any other suggestions? I need to sleep!

Fever at 102.5, trying to break it with Advil (ibuprofen) and fluids. Any other suggestions? I need to sleep!

Tylenol (acetaminophen): You might try alternating tylenol (acetaminophen) with the advil. If it persists, a lukewarm bath may help. If the fever continues, you should see a doctor to determine the source. ...Read more

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I took 2 pills of Ibuprofen about and hour and a half ago. I have a fever and I was wondering if it is safe to take Dayquil?

I took 2 pills of Ibuprofen about and hour and a half ago. I have a fever and I was wondering if it is safe to take Dayquil?

Yes: Dayquil has a decongestant, cough suppressant and acetaminophen in it. Yes, it can be combined with ibuprofen. However, it may take a couple of hours for the ibuprofen to lower your fever. Also, it's OK to have a low-grade fever, as it's your body's natural way to "kill" a virus or bacteria, and thus, it's not necessary to lower your temperature to a normal level. ...Read more

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How do you break a fever when you sick? Should i take anything for my fever if i already took Advil (ibuprofen) cold and sinus.

How do you break a fever when you sick? Should i take anything for my fever if i already took Advil (ibuprofen) cold and sinus.

Fevers can help: Fever is the body's way of fighting an infection. If you can tolerate the fever it may be good to let it burn. A rapid raise of temperature is not safe however. ...Read more

Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more