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Ibuprofen for Children

What is Ibuprofen?

Generally, Ibuprofen is used in order to relieve pain, reduce fevers, and reduce swelling. Ibuprofen is considered to be a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID and generally works by blocking the body’s production of a natural chemical that causes inflammation. By blocking these chemicals that can cause the swelling, the individual’s fever and pain can be reduced as well. The liquid form of Ibuprofen is normally used when treating children that are over the age of two years old and is normally dispensed according to the child’s weight and given every six to eight hours. Read below where questions regarding Ibuprofen for children have been answered by Experts.

Can a parent give a child Tylenol and Ibuprofen on a rotating basis to break a fever?

Often, when a parent is trying to break a child’s fever, the parent can give the child Tylenol and Ibuprofen in an alternating pattern of 3 hours in between the medications. This will prevent the child from getting an excess intake of medication in a twenty four hour period. The Tylenol or Ibuprofen should be given first then three hours later the other medication should be given.

Is there an Ibuprofen patch that can be used for children who won’t take oral medication?

At this time there is no Ibuprofen patch that can be given to children. However, there are suppositories of Tylenol that is normally used for children that are throwing up and cannot hold food or medicine down. This medicine can be obtained over the counter at a drug store or pharmacy and is known as “fever-all”.

How long should a parent wait to give a child Tylenol if the child has already been given Ibuprofen?

In the case where Ibuprofen and Tylenol is in a different medicine class, these two medications can be given close together. If the child has had Tylenol and this is not helping, then the child can have a dose of Ibuprofen soon after the Tylenol. Normally, as long as the Tylenol and the Ibuprofen are given according to their dosing schedules, and the child has not had any Ibuprofen, then the Ibuprofen can be given when the Tylenol does not work.

If a child is 80 pounds, how may milligrams can the parent give to them of Ibuprofen?

In the case where the child only weighs 80 pounds and is in need of Ibuprofen, then the normal dosage for this medication would be 7 milligrams and is normally given every four to six hours as needed.

When a child is in pain or running a fever, parents often want to give their child Ibuprofen to help relieve the child’s discomfort. When a parent is considering administering Ibuprofen to their child, there may be some questions that arise. These questions can range from, how much to give the child, how often, or if other medications can be given with Ibuprofen. When these questions arise, the parents and even caregivers can contact the Experts.
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