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Can't get temp down-is ibruprofen more effective than calpol?

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muffins Tue 13-Oct-09 21:53:09

Hi all
DS is 2. I have been poorly over weekend-chest infection. DS woke up this morning really hot (I don't own a thermometer) so this isn't too scientific! He definitely has fever though, not sweaty just like a little radiator. Gave calpol and bout hour later he was back to normal.
At about half 2 this afternoon really hot again, calpol-no change. Calpol before bed-still hot. Is ibruprofen any more effective for fever? Any other ideas to cool the little fella down?!

kitbite Tue 13-Oct-09 21:58:10

ds always responds better to child nurofen, and it's what the docs always told us to give in Spain as the preferred fever medication. Not sure if Calpol/paracetamol is the preferred here, but just wanted to say that we were always told that yes it works well. And it does.

You could also give him a tepid (NOT cold) bath, just a couple of inches in the bottom and sponge him down, but take care it's not in a freezing cold bathroom as he could get chilled. Perhaps a cool flannel on the forehead?

Hope he's feeling better soon!

crokky Tue 13-Oct-09 21:59:20

You can give ibuprofen and calpol independently.

When DS had swine flu, he had calpol and then a couple of hours later had nurofen, then couple of hours later more calpol etc. Read the packets of the calpol and ibuprofen and make sure you don't exceed what he can have in 24 hours in either case - but he can have both.

muffins Tue 13-Oct-09 22:02:39

Thank you guys, will def try some ibuprofen tomorrow as well if he is still a little furnace x

sleepwhenidie Tue 13-Oct-09 22:04:06

my DC's definitely respond better to ibuprofen when they have a temperature. As crokky said, you can also give both if necessary, alternate every two hours or so so that you don't exceed the four hour rule for either but avoid that horrible time towards the end of the four hours where the medication is wearing off.

muffins Tue 13-Oct-09 22:09:59

The thing is he's not particularly grumpy or clingy, I kept him off nursery as I knew they wouldn't be happy about him being so hot. He's still happily playing and stuff. It sounds awful but I need to get back to work too!

kitbite Tue 13-Oct-09 22:15:23

The thing about fevers especially in little ones is that they are usually the outward sign of the body fighting an infection of some kind. So, although he might not have any other symptoms, don't send him in if he has a fever as it might develop into something else. For example, ds suddenly went red hot, just over 39 and we were on the point of jumping in the car with him when it suddenly went down again. Next day he was covered in chickenpox. DOn't want to alarm you obviously!!! ...but just to illustrate that often a fever is a symptom not the illness.

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