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Is it better to take tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin for a child's fever?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Is it better to take tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin for a child's fever?

No big difference: Only measurable difference would be
duration of antipyretic effect, i.e., tylenol (acetaminophen) for 4 hours vs Motrin 6 hrs. The efficacy is pretty much same at usual dose at 10 mg per kg of body weight. ...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


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Can you alternate tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin for a child with a fever?

Can you alternate tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin for a child with a fever?

Yes: But please remember, fever is a symptom, not an illness. It is much more important to assess how your child feels and acts, and treat accordingly. ...Read more

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My little brother has a fever how can we break it? Been giving him motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen)

My little brother has a fever how can we break it? Been giving him motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen)

Fever.: Cure the underlying illness. Fever is just a symptom. It does not necessarily need to be treated. If he is miserable with his fever you can use an anti inflammatory med or Acetaminophen or a combination of both (as you are doing) with the goal of making him feel better. If fever is due to a virus there is generally nothing but tincture of time to break the fever. ...Read more

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Is it better to take tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin for a fever?

Is it better to take tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin for a fever?

Either: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an antipyretic so it is helpful with fever. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory and addresses both fever and inflammation. With stubborn fevers people often alternate tylenol (acetaminophen) (every 4 hours) and Ibuprofen (can be taken every 6 hours). Some people find one works better than the other for them. Be sure you are drinking well when taking ibuprofen. ...Read more

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My fever is out of control because I took 1000mg tylenol (acetaminophen) 1 hr ago and I'm still hot. Ok to add motrin?

My fever is out of control because I took 1000mg tylenol (acetaminophen) 1 hr ago and I'm still hot. Ok to add motrin?

Call your md: Tylenol (acetaminophen) can cause liver damage 2 much can cause sweating u need 2 consult your md who will probably want 2 check u in person. ...Read more

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My 4 yo son had a high grade fever (102-103.5) for approximately 24 hours (we alternated tylenol/Motrin every 6 hrs). Temp is now 96.5. concerns?

My 4 yo son had a high grade fever (102-103.5) for approximately 24 hours (we alternated tylenol/Motrin every 6 hrs). Temp is now 96.5. concerns?

Fever: Since fever subsided & no other symptoms, observe him today, if no fever, active, playful & drinking fluids, he should be ok. But if the fever keeps coming back then you should take him to his pediatrician. Good luck ...Read more

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What can I do if my daughter has a fever and I don't have any tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin?

What can I do if my daughter has a fever and I don't have any tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin?

Your question??: I assume you want to know how to help. Most kids don't really need tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin when they have fever as fever is a natural event that helps them reduce the reproduction of germs. Assuring that the kid has access to fluids and simple foods for energy is your best way to help. If the kid is not able to keep up with his/her fluid needs, an evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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7 mth old wieghs 18 pounds how much tylenol (acetaminophen) and how much motrin can be given for fever?

7 mth old wieghs 18 pounds how much tylenol (acetaminophen) and how much motrin can be given for fever?

Dose by weight.: Both medications are dosed by the weight of the child. The liquid forms come with eyedroppers that clearly show the ml to be given: tylenol= 1.2 ml, advil= 1.875 ml for your 18 pound child. Hope he/she feels better soon! ...Read more

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My daughter has had a fever. Says she's chilling but no pain. Alternating between tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin. Why fever?

My daughter has had a fever. Says she's chilling but no pain. Alternating between tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin. Why fever?

Natural response: The body response to many simple illnesses is fever.This increases blood flow and allows protective white cells to circulate ; speeds up antibody production. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin will suppress fever to some degree, but are unlikely to overcome the bodies effort to protect itself. If the kid is drinking well and playing some, this is fine. Some think letting the fever run its course can shorten illnesses. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has had a fever for 4 days now. I have treated her with motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen). The fever has gone from 99.1 to 102.4?

My 2 year old has had a fever for 4 days now. I have treated her with motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen). The fever has gone from 99.1 to 102.4?

Time to see doctor: I'm not sure exactly what your question is, but it sounds like she needs to be seen if she's had fever over 102 for four days.
If you're unable to get her temperature down, recheck the doses of medicine you're giving her. Remember that fever can be helpful in fighting infection, so if she's 101 but acting fine, you don't need to treat it. Fluids will help. Keep her loosely dressed. ...Read more

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My son has a fever of 103 and I'm having a hard time with breaking it. I have given Motrin and rotated with Tylenol (acetaminophen). What could this be?

My son has a fever of 103 and I'm having a hard time with breaking it. I have given Motrin and rotated with Tylenol (acetaminophen). What could this be?

Many possibilities: A broad range of agents, both viral or bacterial, will generate fever in a normal person. The fever is protective, increases blood flow and access to the blood cells that fight infection If the fever persists in spite of proper dosing of ibuprofen or acetaminophen, then that is just the nature of the illness. Encourage cool fluids and other comfort measures until and after the kid is evaluated. ...Read more

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My 9 month old has had a fever for 24 hrs, I've been alternating with motrin and tylenol, (acetaminophen) but hasn't broke. What should I do, its spiked to 103.

My 9 month old has had a fever for 24 hrs, I've been alternating with motrin and tylenol, (acetaminophen) but hasn't broke. What should I do, its spiked to 103.

Fever: When the fever begins to rise put your child in a warm bath and let him soak for20-30 minutes. Also push fluids. If fever persists see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How can I bring one year old fever down besides using tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin?

Infant fever: Alternatives to reducing fever in a one year old are a warm (not cold!) bath. The question is whether you need to treat a fever at all. If your child is not fussy or uncomfortable from the fever, you really don't need to treat it. The fever won't harm your child and won't have any affect on the course of the illness. Make sure, however, that your child has seen her doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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How often to rotate tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin on a 4 yr old whose fever spikes back after only 2 1/2 hrs after dose?

I never do: I pick one or the other medication and stay with the schedule of the one I pick.Fever is not damaging to kids, and stacking medications is unlikely to do much more than give you something to do. Spend more time making sure the kid has access to fluids and is voiding at least every 6 hours. The fever will run it's course in time. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a fever of 101.5. I just gave him tylenol (acetaminophen) but the fever is not declining. Can I give him motrin at the same time?

My 4 year old has a fever of 101.5. I just gave him tylenol (acetaminophen) but the fever is not declining. Can I give him motrin at the same time?

Yes: They do not interfere with each other. I would pick one med or the other & only give as directed. Spend more time making sure the kid is hydrated than worring about fever. ...Read more

Dr. Que Chu Dr. Chu
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Can I give my 2 year old a fever reducing suppository and a children's liquid tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or motrin?

Dr. Que Chu Dr. Chu
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Can I give my 2 year old a fever reducing suppository and a children's liquid tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or motrin?

Children fever: First thing first. Why the child have fever? Any cough, runny nose, wheezing, or any skin rash, etc...Does the child look OK or he is real sick. Does he need to the doctor right away or not? One of danger is high fever can cause febrile seizure. Ibuprofen in appropriate dose if he is older than 6 months could help. Sponge bath, ice pack, bath in luke warm water also very effective too. ...Read more

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My 8 month old has had a high fever of 102.3 for 3 days. Been using motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) fever only breaks to 100. now its 95.9?

Doubt this?: Either the thermometer is wrong or the med did work. The thing to note is how is the child doing.?
The child should be taken to the pediatrician to make sure there is nothing that needs treated. The point is treat the child and not the temp only. I suspect the child will be fine. Still needs to see the doc ...Read more

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I have had fever for 4 days breaks when I take motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen). My fever broke again approx 2 hours ago temp now is 95.8 with sweating?

See your FamilyDoc: So the good news is that Motrin & Tylenol (acetaminophen) can break your fever. The bad news is that you're still sick after 4 days. Best recommendation I can make is to see your Family Doc or go to Urgent Care or even Emergency Department to determine cause of fever & to receive appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My son is 9 months old and has a rash that looks like spots n the last thing he's has was pedalyte n motrin n tylenol (acetaminophen) n his fever barely stopped?

My son is 9 months old and has a rash that looks like spots n the last thing he's has was pedalyte n motrin n tylenol (acetaminophen) n his fever barely stopped?

Please c his doctor: Needs to be evaluated, may be you are giving suboptimal dose of the antipyretic, or he might need other treatment, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Is it ok to take tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin closer than 3hrs apart to bring down a shivering high fever?

Use Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone: For fever, find out the cause of the fever, then use tylenol (acetaminophen) alone. It is safer than Motrin (ibuprofen) which is an "nsaid" (nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug) which can cause salt retention, hypertension, kidney damage and heart failure. Don't drink excessive amounts of alcohol, especially when taking tylenol. ...Read more

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Four year old fever at 103.5. Doctor said tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin back and forth but fever persist. How can I break/reduce this fever?

Four year old fever at 103.5. Doctor said tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin back and forth but fever persist. How can I break/reduce this fever?

Cool compresses: If the fever is only for one day, even that high, you can still observe him if he is well hydrated, not lethargic & has no other symptoms. Also you ned to make sure that he is getting the right dose of fever reducers & how often you give him the dose. It could be just due to viral illness. Your child's overall condition will help to decide as well. Speak to your Pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old grandson started running a fever this afternoon and it is staying around 103 even after meds and tepid bath. He has had motrin and tylenol and my daughter put him in the bath. Fever remaining around 103 should she take him to er. He is not com

Roseola or not?: At this age he may be incubating roseola, which is a harmless virus affecting children fever lasts three days and when the fever breaks a red to pink rash appears on the torso. If he is playful and happy you might want to wait it out, but if there is any concer take him to theer. ...Read more

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My son is 9 months old and has a fever of 103.2 and is throwing up his motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen).

Bath him!: That is a very high fever. Put cool compresses on his head, chest and other parts of his body to bring the temp down by physical means. You may have to do this on a regular basis until he is keeping his meds down. Consider using a suppository and consulting a physician if you haven't done so. This could be a viral disease but might be something that needs medical evaluation. ...Read more

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My 11 month old son has been running a fever for the past 4 days. Highest temp has been 101.2. Motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) break the fever, but it keeps coming back. He is teething. Should we take him to a doc?

My 11 month old son has been running a fever for the past 4 days. Highest temp has been 101.2. Motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) break the fever, but it keeps coming back. He is teething. Should we take him to a doc?

Teething Help: Many infants show signs of distress during teething. The exact mechanism these symptoms occur during teething is not known, but the correlation of these stress symptoms with a tooth erupting remain high. Ibuprofen, cold teething rings and/or camilia can help. Try to keep fluid intake high. Ibuprophen will help with the elevated temp. And with discomfort. If it doesn't improve see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Acetaminophen (Definition)

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