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Medical Information

MANAGING A SICK CHILD

The AAP KidsDoc Symptom Checker below has a complete list of symptoms from A–Z

(provided by healthychildren.org, a parenting site from the American Academy of Pediatrics).

  • AAP’s Symptom Checker – If you need to give medicines, please see SICK CHILD MEDICINE DOSAGE below.

SICK CHILD – MEDICINE DOSAGE

Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Feverall, Paracetamol) is available without a prescription. Children over 2 months of age can be given acetaminophen. Give the correct dosage for your child’s weight every 4-6 hours, as needed for fever or pain. No more than 5 doses in 24 hours.

Suppositories: Acetaminophen is also available as a rectal suppository in 120-mg, 325-mg, and 650-mg dosages. Suppositories are useful if a child with a fever is unable to take oral medication.

Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is available without a prescription. Children over 6 months of age can be given ibuprofen. Give the correct dosage for your child’s weight every 6-8 hours, as needed.

Alternating or Combining Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen
Combining acetaminophen and ibuprofen is not recommended. Combining can cause confusion, dosage errors, and poisoning. Also, it is usually not important to control a fever that closely. However, if instructed by your health care provider to alternate acetaminophen and ibuprofen, do it as follows:

  • Alternate doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen every 4 hours
  • Alternate medicines for only 24 hours or less, then return to a single product.

Avoid Aspirin
Children (through age 21 years) should not take aspirin if they have chickenpox or influenza (any cold, cough, or sore throat symptoms). This recommendation is based on several studies that have linked aspirin to Reye’s Syndrome, a severe encephalitis-like illness.

KEEP ALL MEDICATIONS OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. In case of accidental ingestion call POISON CONTROL

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PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS:

  1. Poisoning: (800) 848-6946
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics
  3. Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  4. Flu.gov

MEDICAL RESOURCES ON THE WEB

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  • Nutrition – great ideas on games and activities to keep kids active
  • USFDA– Center for Food Safety

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