Advice for managing child fever

“Parents should not give children with a mild fever regular spoonfuls of paracetamol and ibuprofen, doctors advise today, as they warn that doing so could extend their illness or put their health at risk,” reported The Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper report is based on an opinion piece written by expert paediatricians. The article is aimed at discouraging ‘fever phobia’ in parents, doctors and nurses by reminding them that there is little evidence that fever itself causes harm, and that a more important aspect of fever management is to be vigilant for signs of serious illness. The experts sensibly call for the judicious use of medications, and they highlight the greater risk of dosing problems when combined drugs are given.

 

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