fever reducer

Michelle - posted on 07/07/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my 2 month old has a fever can i give him tylenol?

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Sonia - posted on 07/07/2009

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I wouldn't. If it's a high fever (103 or higher), I'd call the ped right away! If it's a mild fever, I let it run it's course. Fevers actually boost the immune system and can inhibit the growth or outright kill viruses and bacteria. That's why we have them. They're no accident. LOL. Now, with a 2 month old, it might be prudent to report any fever to the ped. I think that under 3 months old, that's the recommendation.



You should be aware that tylenol affects the liver. This is true for adults as well as children. Because children are so much smaller and more vulnerable, this is definitely a graver concern for them. If I remember correctly, tylenol affects the livers ability to completely detoxify substances in the Phase 2 pathway. The Phase 1 path, some substances are completely detoxified but others are actually made temporarily more toxic. These more toxic intermediates are detoxified via the Phase 2 path. Seems like inhibiting this path is a bad idea for anybody. Again, it's been awhile since I read up on this, so I may be off a little. Anyway, I almost never take tylenol (or even ibuprophen) or give it to my family. When I do, the benefits have to far outweight even the tiny risks. I definitely don't give it for fevers under 103.

Savannah - posted on 07/07/2009

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Um, I'm not sure about that, but one thing you can do (I did it with my children when they were young) was put them in a lukewarm bath. Not cold or cool, just not hot. I actually got into the tub with them and that actually really helped bring the fever down. They also have these totally cool (literally!) little bandages that are called Be Kool or something like that that are cold and they stick to your baby's forhead. They also do wonders!!! My youngest was running a fever of 102 and I put that on him and it brought the fever down fast and it did not make him uncomfortable at all. I would try things like that before giving tylenol. I just wouldn't feel safe if it was me. However, you could call the dr and they would tell you the dosage, if you wanted to go that route.

Kate - posted on 07/07/2009

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I would not. But I don't give Tylenol at any age. The younger the child, the more dangerous giving ANY medicine potentially is. If you feel you MUST, contact your doctor first for appropriate dosing information, which should be by WEIGHT, not age.

But...don't. Especially if the fever is fairly mild (101 or lower), the baby does NOT need anything. Just allow him/her to ride it out. A warm bath can help, and just allowing the baby to sleep. The fever is fighting whatever's going on with him/her (illness, teething, etc.). Plus, Tylenol suppresses the production of gluthione (sp?), which helps the body rid itself of toxins. It also can severely affect liver functioning if an overdose is given, which is easy with a baby so young. Skip it!! Even when my DD had a fever of 104 we never needed it.

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Savannah - posted on 07/07/2009

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Um, I'm not sure about that, but one thing you can do (I did it with my children when they were young) was put them in a lukewarm bath. Not cold or cool, just not hot. I actually got into the tub with them and that actually really helped bring the fever down. They also have these totally cool (literally!) little bandages that are called Be Kool or something like that that are cold and they stick to your baby's forhead. They also do wonders!!! My youngest was running a fever of 102 and I put that on him and it brought the fever down fast and it did not make him uncomfortable at all. I would try things like that before giving tylenol. I just wouldn't feel safe if it was me. However, you could call the dr and they would tell you the dosage, if you wanted to go that route.

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