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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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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 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