However, she said, there was an urgent need for evidence-based education for parents and the health professionals who give them information.
"All parents should learn how to manage fever before their child's first febrile episode," she said.
"Many parents see these medications as having magical qualities such as calming upset children, sedating them or lifting a child's mood.
"However, incorrect use of antipyretics can result in things like liver damage and stomach upset.
"In many cases it would be better if parents first manage fever by giving their children more fluids and rest, and keeping them comfortable."
Ms Walsh said it was important to closely monitor unwell children and seek medical advice if they were feverish under six months; suffered headache, neck stiffness or light hurt their eyes; had breathing difficulties; refused to drink; persistently vomited; were drowsy; suffered pain; had a rash of red-purple spots; or did not improve from mild symptoms within 48 hours.
"Especially in the wake of the recent flu outbreak, it's very important to monitor children and if they do deteriorate quickly then seek medical advice."
|Contact: Carmen Myler|
Queensland University of Technology