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Two drugs best for treating children's fever

By Lilian Anekwe

Researchers have advised GPs to give ibuprofen before paracetamol, followed by the two drugs together, for the treatment of fever in children, as this reduces fever for longer.

A study of 156 children, published online in the BMJ, found that children given both medicines for four hours experienced fever for 55 minutes less than children given paracetamol only.

After 24 hours children on the combined therapy had a fever for 4.4 hours less than those given just paracetamol and 2.5 hours less than those given ibuprofen alone.

Lead researcher Dr Alastair Hay, consultant senior lecturer in primary health care at the University of Bristol said: ‘Parents and healthcare professionals should consider ibuprofen first and the relative benefits and risks of using combined therapy over 24 hours.'

Fever: GPs advised to give ibuprofen before paracetamol then the two drugs together Fever: GPs advised to give ibuprofen before paracetamol then the two drugs together

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