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Child has viral fever, congested throat and nose. Can Meftal be used for low grade fever?

Hi, My 11 month old is having viral fever since past 4 days. She is congestion in her throat and nose , but her chest is clear. Her doctor prescribed Meftal-P for fever above 102 F. I have been using Advil before Meftal. My question is can i use Meftal full dose (5 ml) if the fever is only above 102 F or can be used even if its around 100 F instead of advil?
Asked On : Sat, 27 Oct 2012
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Pediatrician, Critical Care 's  Response
Both Advil and Meftal-P belong to group of medicines called Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents and have more or less similar anti-fever action.

You certainly can use Meftal instead of Advil.

However, I feel it is advisable to use Paracetamol more regularly and use Advil/Meftal-P on top if the fever doesn't settle with Paracetamol (e.g. Calpol/Crocin).

I hope child is able to take orally well and having good number of wet nappies each day and playful.

I hope I've been able to answer your question.
Answered: Sat, 27 Oct 2012
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OBGYN Dr. Asra Ishtiaq Ahmed's  Response
Hello there,

If fever remains persistently high, try to control it with paracetamol at 10 mg/kg/dose to be given every 6th hourly.

Also give tepid sponging to the baby.

Avoid to many medications.

Advil is brufen and is used more effectively for painful conditions.

Parecetamol and meftal can be used concurrently if fever remains persistently high.

Fever should be brought down in order to avoid the occurrence of febrile convulsions which is common in this age group.

Wishing your child a speedy recovery.

Take care.
Answered: Mon, 29 Oct 2012
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