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Toddler with high fever, given Nurofen. Is it the right medicine?

My 18 month old hasn t really eaten today and has had a temp in the high 38 s since around 1pm when he woke up crying. I gave him nurofen and he seemed to get better. I then checked his temp again around 7 and is was up again so I gave him some more nurofen. He then woke up crying and his temp had hardly gone down and if anything seemed like it had slightly increased, I read that paracetamol was better for fever so i just gave this to him and it seems to have helped. He just didn t seem himself so I m a little worried about leavimg him throughout the night??? When should I be worried?
Asked On : Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Looks like the 18mths old child has landed with some viral infection .Both nurofen and paracetamol are antipyretic though duration of action of nurofen would be longer (6-8hrs) than paracetamol(4-6hrs).So might need to repeat the doses accordingly.Till the infection settles the fever will continue.So during this period see to it that the baby is well hydrated i.e give him lots of liquids and continue his feeds at regular intervals.If in addition to fever he has additional symptoms get in touch with his pediatrician for examination and treatment .
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Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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