Does Acetaminophen in Comparison to Ibuprofen Effectively Reduce Fevers in Children Younger than 18 Years of Age?

Marie Arpa, MSN, RN

Disclosures

Pediatr Nurs. 2010;36(4):219-220. 

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Implications for Practice

The concerns regarding potential dosing errors, toxicity, and adverse side effects from alternating acetaminophen and ibuprofen are significant enough in the literature to indicate that home management of fever should focus on monotherapy. Though this may not be consistent with the practices employed in the acute care setting, health care professionals in acute care are better equipped to assess, monitor, and treat adverse outcomes of an alternating antipyretic regimen in a manner not possible in the home. In addition, health care professionals are better able to ensure that the child is receiving age-appropriate, therapeutic, and safe doses of the medications.

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