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When do you give fever medication?

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    My daughter is 3 and started a fever Tues at around 6. Due to the recent scare, i bought her to her ped. He said it's viral fever so we just have to wait it out. and gave us ibuprofen & acetominophen, just in case.

    my hubby & read did much research & decide that since fever is a sign of the body fighting off infection, and that virus & bacteria cannot live at high temperature. we have decided to only give medication when LO is really uncomfortable. Besides, it always a fight to give medication to her (even it's the syrup type medicine. she'd take homeopath happily but refuses any western medicine). so last night we forced her to take the ibuprofen when she was 40.5C (i.e. 105F). since she's sick, i'm sleeping with her so i'm monitoring her behavious throughout the night.

    but my MIL keep saying that the docs on the radio say we should give fever medication even if it's 38C (i.e.100F). my MIL & FIL came from a generation where they abuse the use of antibiotics. she even has some Tamiflu in her first aid kit "just in case".

    for my daughter, she's all fine until temp reaches 39.5C. i read that we need only to give medication to relieve the discomfort rather than lowering the fever. so i only give fever-reduce medicine above 39.5C.

    Anybody would like to share their opinion & what they do?

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    hi,

    I think your analysis and approach is spot on - the fever is a sign of the body fighting the infection and fever medication really is only used to make the child more comfortable. My paedi (Dr KN Chan) only recommends medication when 38 degrees and above - my son who is 3 years old has always had nasty viral infections since he was 6 months old with high fevers (up to 40 plus degrees) lasting 4-5 days so I feel like I know this subject well!! It depends on what your child's pain threshold is and for my son he gets uncomfortable (limp and whiny) when it's above 39 degrees so that's when we medicate him with neurofen and sponge him down with tepid water with a flannel (never cold water as traditionally believed as this contricts the blood capillaries and worsens the situation) which results in alot of protest on his part so sometimes I just use my fingers and run the water over his temples/cheeks/pulse points/neck and the process of the water evaporating will cool the body down....I also keep him as lightly dressed as possible (one layer less than normal)......at night, the doctor recommends you let them sleep through and not wake them for medication (sleep and rest being more impt, I have learnt that if they can sleep through it, they are not THAT uncomfortable) and only top up the fever medication when he wakes and is uncomfortable. Also as much fluids as you can get into them, my son is a great water drinker but when he is ill, water in all it's blandness isn't too appealing so I give him very dilluted ribena, soy milk, apple juice.....you are doing the right thing!

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    my son is prone to ear infections and gets them EVERY TIME has has had even a sniffle.

    we medicate around 100F. sometimes, a luke-warm bath, not cool, that could cause him to get "cold". occasionally, we've wrapped an ice-pack in a towel and put it under his head when he went to sleep. he's ok with this as he sees me do it often when i have a headache.

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    anything over 102 should DEFINITELY be medicated!

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    Doctor Alfred Tam always advises us to use suppository at 39.5C and definitely by 40C.

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    Agreed - we uses Voltaren suppository at 40 degrees when the nuerofen doesn't work any more! Basically there is 3 strengths of fever medication that I have discovered: panadol/calpol etc for a mild fever, neurofen for a medium to high fever and Voltaren suppository for very high fever......I don't really bother with Calpol for my son as he doesn't look uncomfortable with a low grade fever.....

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    so u wait until it gets to 39.5 and then give voltaren right away, skipping the panadol & the nurofen? panadol doesn't work much, it only lowers the temp like 1 or 2C.

    i remember in the old days, panadol was all we had & it worked. i used to only have fever for 1 day & i was ll fine the next day. and it only took 1 or 2 doses for the fever to completely go away. nowadays, whenever my LO or when i hear my friends children have fever, it always last for at least 2 or 3 days....

    what is wrong with the germs now!?

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    they've become "super germs" according to the WHO. Our fault to a certain degree as we tend to over sanitize killing off even the good bacteria.

    also, reckless use of drugs especially antibiotics make the bacteria/virus stronger as we do not give our body due credit in terms of fighting these off on our own

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