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Which is better for my baby’s temperature – ibuprofen or paracetamol?

Once you have established your baby has a fever and have taken practical measures, such as placing them in a cooler environment, to combat this, a fever-reducing medication can be administered.
 
In a recent study, ibuprofen was found to provide fever relief for up to eight hours, while paracetamol worked for six hours.
 
The study also found that the majority of parents surveyed favoured ibuprofen for reducing a temperature of more than 39°C in children younger than three years old.
 
However, ibuprofen should not be given to children who have (or had) stomach ulcers or other serious stomach disorders. It should also not be given to babies under three months or those who have aspirin/NSAID sensitive asthma.
 
Always follow instructions on the pack when giving a baby ibuprofen or paracetamol products. Speak to a pharmacist or GP if you are worried about using any of these products.

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Fever is often the first sign of an illness in children. When your child has a temperature it can be a worrying and stressful time.
Sore throats and coughs are two very common illnesses for children.
Once you have established your baby has a fever and have taken practical measures, such as placing them in a cooler environment, to combat this, a fever-reducing medication can be administered.
Febrile convulsions are caused by a rapid increase in the body temperature of young children.
Once you have established your baby has a slight fever, there are a number of measures you can take to keep it under control
If your baby has a slight fever, there are a number of measures you can take to keep it under control.
The average body temperature should be between 35°C and 37°C.
 
While a fever can be treated, it's important to keep in mind that fevers are usually the symptom of an illness and not the illness itself.

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