Fever: what medicines are safe?

March 2, 2012

If your child has a fever (high temperature) you may wish to give paracetamol or ibuprofen. These medicines can reduce body temperature and help your child feel more comfortable. Do not give paracetamol and ibuprofen together, unless you are told to by your child’s doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

These medicines may be available as tabletscapsules or liquid medicine. Always give the dose (amount) shown on the medicine label.

Check carefully which medicine you are using from your cupboard. Some brand names can be confusing. Read the label to see whether it contains paracetamol or ibuprofen. If you are not sure check with your local pharmacy or child’s doctor.

If your child has fever for more than 48 hours (2 days), speak with your doctor or call NHS Direct (0845 4647 in England and Wales; 0845 24 24 24 in Scotland).