Both Tylenol and Motrin are effective in bringing fever down in otherwise healthy kids over the age of six months. From my long-standing experience with patients, the fever does tend to decrease faster and remain lower a bit longer with Motrin than with Tylenol.
What fever reducer is best for infants?
The best fever reducer for infants
Acetaminophen is our top pick because it is safe and effective as a fever reducer for infants under 6 months old and is easy to administer in its liquid form. Another popular fever reducer, ibuprofen, is not considered safe for infants under 6 months.
When should I give my baby Motrin for fever?
For Ibuprofen, it’s 6 months and up. Do not give Ibuprofen to a baby under 6 months old. But once they’re older than that, you can definitely give them Tylenol or Motrin. Be sure to look because Tylenol and Motrin dosing is based on weight.
Can I give my baby Motrin instead of Tylenol?
For example, if you give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol) at noon, you can give him ibuprofen (Motrin) at 3 p.m. and then acetaminophen (Tylenol) again at 6 p.m. and ibuprofen (Motrin) again at 9 p.m. Neither medicine should be used for more than 24 hours without consulting a physician.
At what temperature should I give my baby Tylenol?
If your child is achy and fussy, and his or her temperature is above 102°F (38.8°C), you may want to give him or her acetaminophen.
How do you break a baby’s fever?
If your little one is experiencing symptoms, try these home remedies to help reduce your baby’s fever.
- A lukewarm sponge bath (stop if your child starts to shiver).
- Lots of liquids.
- Light clothing and lower room temperatures.
- Rest — in most cases, you shouldn’t wake a sleeping child to give them fever medicine.
How should I dress my baby with a fever at night?
Treating Your Child’s Fever
- Try one layer of lightweight clothing, and one lightweight blanket for sleep.
- The room should be comfortable, not too hot or too cool. If the room is hot or stuffy, a fan may help.
How long does it take for Motrin to reduce fever?
Ibuprofen can be taken to help ease symptoms like pain, inflammation, and fever. While the amount of time it takes for ibuprofen to work can vary, it usually takes about half an hour to start feeling symptom relief. Adults can take a dose of OTC ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours.
Is Motrin stronger than Tylenol?
TYLENOL®, which contains acetaminophen, can be a more appropriate option than MOTRIN® , which contains ibuprofen an NSAID, for those with heart or kidney disease, high blood pressure, or stomach problems. Although NSAIDs share some similarities, they have different levels of risk.
At what age can you alternate Tylenol and Motrin?
If one medication does not seem to work sufficiently to reduce fever or pain in children age 12 and under, the key is to alternate between acetaminophen and ibuprofen: administer one medication at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m., and the other at 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m.
Is Motrin bad for babies?
Infants’ Motrin may not be safe for all infants. Before giving it to your child, tell their doctor about any health conditions and allergies your child has. Motrin may not be safe for children with health issues such as: allergies to ibuprofen or any other pain or fever reducer.