How to give acetaminophen and ibuprofen for fever

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Learn how acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be used to help make your child more comfortable and bring down their fever. Also learn how to use acetaminophen and ibuprofen together if using only one medication is not working.

Key points

  • When deciding whether or not to give your child medication to treat their fever you should take into consideration not just how high their temperature is but also how they look and are acting.
  • Two common medications that are used to treat fever are acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
  • If using only one medication is not making your child more comfortable then you can try giving acetaminophen and ibuprofen together.
  • When giving acetaminophen and ibuprofen together make sure you do not give acetaminophen more often than once every four hours, and ibuprofen more often than once every six hours.
Last updated: March 22nd 2019