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What is the treatment for viral infection and fever in a child?

Hi , my son is 1.5 years old. he is having fever for last 7 days which varies from 103 F to 100 F. Doctor prescribed syp brufine and syp septan. Brufine effects him only for 3-4 hours then again he gets fever. There is no improvement after taking the prescribed medicine for 3 days. i am very upset due to his fever. Doctor said its a viral infection but how long wil it take to get rid of fever?
Mon, 2 Jan 2017
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Hello and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.

I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Fever usually subsides after 3 to 4 days. If Brufen is not enough to keep the fever down you can give acetaminophen in alternation with brufen every 4 hours. That means a dose of brufen followed by a dose of acetaminophen after 4 hours followed by another dose of brufen after another 4 hours and so on. Since the fever has been for a week there might be a superadded bacterial infection which will require an antibiotic.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr. Salah Saad Shoman
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