Paracetamol vs ibuprofen for young children

So you are presented with a one year old who has a fever. What do you recommend? Paracetamol? Ibuprofen?

It’s very much a GP question and to date there has been somewhat conflicting evidence, for the under two years age group at least, as to which is medication is better in terms of fever control, pain relief and safety.

But now New Zealand researchers have conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to answer that very question.

“Compared with [paracetamol], ibuprofen resulted in reduced temperature at less than four hours, and at four to 24 hours and less pain at four to 24 hours, ” the researchers said after analysing the results of 19 studies involving almost 250, 000 young ...

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