Acetaminophen is OK in children under 6 months of age. For older children, ibuprofen may also be used. “If there is severe inflammation, stiffness, and pain, such as after your child hurts her knee, ibuprofen may be the better choice,” says Norman Tomaka, a certified consultant pharmacist in Melbourne, Fla.
Protect yourself and your family by reading the package labeling very carefully. Elizabeth Shepard, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif says.
“Taking too much is the biggest problem." She also advises steering clear of combination products.
Shepard also says some parents tend to switch off between acetaminophen and ibuprofen when treating a fever. Her advice is to talk with your pediatrician about this to see what he or she thinks.
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