Navigation Links
Kids' Fever Time Cut Using Ibuprofen First
Date:9/3/2008

Study finds they had 55 minutes less with illness than those who took paracetamol alone

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Fever in young children can be reduced for a longer period of time by giving them ibuprofen first, followed by paracetamol plus ibuprofen, according to British researchers.

The study included 156 children, ages 6 months to 6 years, who had a temperature of between 37.8 and 41 degrees Celsius (100.04 to 105.8 F) due to an illness that could be managed at home. The children were randomly selected to receive either paracetamol plus ibuprofen, just paracetamol, or just ibuprofen.

The children's parents were instructed to give the medicines for up to 48 hours -- paracetamol every four to six hours (maximum of four doses in 24 hours), and ibuprofen every six to eight hours (maximum of three doses in 24 hours).

The researchers assessed the children's condition after 24 hours, 48 hours and five days. They found that in the first four hours, children given both medicines spent an extra 55 minutes less time with fever compared to those given paracetamol alone. But giving two medicines was not markedly better than just giving ibuprofen.

After 24 hours, children given both medicines experienced 4.4 hours less time with fever than those who received just paracetamol, and 2.5 hours less time with fever than children who received just ibuprofen.

"Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and parents wanting to use medicines to treat young, unwell children with fever should be advised to use ibuprofen first and to consider the relative benefits and risks of using both medicines over a 24-hour period," wrote the researchers, from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.

The study was published online Sept. 3 by the British Medical Journal.

This study showed that longer action ibuprofen was the most suitable medicine to use for fever in children, Dr. Anthony Harnden, of the University of Oxford, wrote in an accompanying editorial. The fact that 31 children in this study received an overdose shows that it's easy for parents to overdose their children, which means that a "more complicated alternating regimen of paracetamol and ibuprofen may be less safe than using either drug alone."

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about children and fever.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: British Medical Journal, news release, Sept. 3, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Many Parents Share Genetic Test Findings With Kids
2. Time to Set Kids Back-to-School Sleep Clocks
3. Doctors Often Miss High Blood Pressure in Kids
4. Traffic Fumes Plus Genes Boosts Kids Asthma Risk
5. FDA Approves First Anti-Psychotic for Kids
6. Sleepless Kids Are Troubled Kids
7. Heart Attacks at School Involve More Adults Than Kids
8. Giving CPR Kits to Kids Nudges Parents to Learn
9. Treating Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Lead to Thinner Kids
10. Study finds some kids are being misdiagnosed with asthma
11. More Kids Are Suffering Sports Injuries
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... STATEN ... been recognized for adherence to the highest standards of trauma, maternity, cancer and ... the center's president and CEO, Dr. Daniel Messina. , Among the recognitions, the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Vida Health, the digital ... B led by Canvas Ventures . Other investors include Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) ... platform to serve more consumers who are managing chronic conditions or simply ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... FL (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... Coppin ... business owners and families in and around the Cape Coral area, is embarking on ... Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. , The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... Medicine will have the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in an ... school students an immersive experience to gain invaluable, real-life medical skills that are ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Wavelink, an industry ... Control through a new partnership with Splashtop Inc. This remote control for Android ... to help businesses maximize their uptime and productivity. , Wavelink offers powerful enterprise ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016   TriNetX , the health ... Hospital signed a membership agreement to join ... of new cures. The TriNetX network ... million patients globally, biopharmaceutical companies and contract research ... protocol design, site selection, patient recruitment, and collaborative ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Dec. 8, 2016  A new study by a ... use of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain is ... of more harmful consequences, including death. Palliative ... Zankhana Mehta , M.D., authored the study which ... opioid therapy. The study was published in the December ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... -- Mederi Therapeutics Inc . hat die behördliche Zulassung durch die ... Refluxerkrankung (GERD) – in China angekündigt. ... ... Live Stretta procedure performed and broadcast during the ... at Wuhan Union Hospital ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: