6 doctors weighed in:

Should I alternate fever medications for a 1 year old child?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Should-N0

There are many opinions on the treatment of fever in children.
Not all fever has to be treated. Acetamenophen is a good fever reducer. Ibuprofen is a good fever reducer. Depending on the age of the child & the weight of the child, either is acceptable. Some physicians recommend alternating a dose of one with the other every 4 hours so that no one drug get in the toxic range. Discuss with pcp.

In brief: Should-N0

There are many opinions on the treatment of fever in children.
Not all fever has to be treated. Acetamenophen is a good fever reducer. Ibuprofen is a good fever reducer. Depending on the age of the child & the weight of the child, either is acceptable. Some physicians recommend alternating a dose of one with the other every 4 hours so that no one drug get in the toxic range. Discuss with pcp.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Thank
1 comment
Dr. James Ferguson
I don't wake kids for fever meds,the rest is more important.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

From a strictly scientific analysis of how these drugs work inside the body, the answer is no.
A drug builds to a peak in the bloodstream and slowly dissipates. The next dose prevents the blood level from disappearing altogether.Starting another drug needs time to bulid up. Thus alternating, has too many peaks and valleys, whereas 1 drug provides a more even drug level and effect.

In brief: No

From a strictly scientific analysis of how these drugs work inside the body, the answer is no.
A drug builds to a peak in the bloodstream and slowly dissipates. The next dose prevents the blood level from disappearing altogether.Starting another drug needs time to bulid up. Thus alternating, has too many peaks and valleys, whereas 1 drug provides a more even drug level and effect.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Board Certified, Pediatrics
13 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors