Our very own Dr Molly authored this piece featured in the Beaumont Parenting Program’s blog for new parents.
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It’s 10:00 p.m. and your baby is fussy and hot. You take her temperature and discover she has a fever. You learned from your pediatrician that you don’t have to worry about the fever but since she’s uncomfortable you decide to give some pain reliever/fever reducer. Which do you choose? Acetaminophen? Ibuprofen? Both are great at relieving fussiness and fever so which one you grab from the medicine cabinet depends a bit on your child’s age.
- Acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol) is recommended for infants until they are over 6 months old. Because infant kidneys aren’t mature yet, parents shouldn’t give ibuprofen until after the 6-month mark. Acetaminophen can be given every 4 to 6 hours and is available a children’s formulation. The dose should always be based on your baby’s weight rather than age, so check out this dose chart to make sure you are…
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