My child’s pediatrician told me to alternate ibuprofen and acetaminophen to treat his fever. Why?
Both of the drugs you asked about are considered to be good options for treating a fever in children. The main reason this is recommended is because ibuprofen and acetaminophen do work differently in the body and it is thought that using different mechanisms to treat a fever is more effective than using either drug alone. Also, both of these drugs can produce side effects. These side effects may be decreased by alternating the drugs since less of each drug is in the body at any one time.
However, alternating doses like this can sometimes be confusing and you should keep detailed notes of when doses are given of each drug. Consult with a physician or pharmacist beforehand and ask for a specific dosing protocol if this approach is recommended. Controlling fever is very important because allowing it to go untreated may even lead to febrile seizures.
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