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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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Chickenpox (Definition)

Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...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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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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My child is 5mths and 16 days old, she's spiked a small fever that's not going away on it's own. Is it okay to give Infants Ibuprofen?

My child is 5mths and 16 days old, she's spiked a small fever that's not going away on it's own. Is it okay to give Infants Ibuprofen?

Fever: The issue really is not which fever reducer is ok to use. A baby of that age should not be treated for a fever that won't go away without knowing why? Have her evaluated by a pediatrician. :) ...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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My husband insists me to take ibuprofen when I feel feverish but no fever as he feels that if done it vil stop onset of fever. Is this right?

My  husband insists me to take ibuprofen when I feel feverish but no  fever as he feels that if done it vil stop onset of fever. Is this right?

Why stop fever?: Taking medication in an attempt to "prevent" a symptom that you don't even know you are going to get is unnecessary. Fever itself is a symptom of something else. It is not dangerous. I don't know why you feel "feverish" or what other symptoms you are having, but trying to stop a fever won't fix the issue that would have led to it in the first place. Make sense? ...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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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?

Call pediatrician: It is common to alternate Ibuprofen with tylenol when one is trying to bring down fever every few hours. In addition please sponge the child's body soaked in tepid water as when water dries off the it cools it down. Call the pediatrician for advise as the source of fever usually an infection needs investigated immediately. ...Read more

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I gave my daughter (4 yrs.) ibuprofen for fever. 10 minutes later, she threw up. Can I give her more?

I gave my daughter (4 yrs.) ibuprofen for fever.  10 minutes later, she threw up.  Can I give her more?

Probably: It would probably be fine, as little of the dose was likely absorbed. However, using acetaminophen instead would be safer. ...Read more

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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


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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


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