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CAN MEDICINE MAKE YOUR CHILD MORE SICK?

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With this being one of the worst flu seasons that the country has faces in years, parents everywhere are turning to tried and true over- the-counter (OTC) medicines to help their little ones battle the high fevers and body aches commonly associated with colds and flu. According to an Indiana University study, parents may want to think twice before dosing their kids with some of those drugs. The study shows that some OTC medication such as ibuprofen and naproxen, which is found in Advil, can cause kidney injury in children.

Smaller reports have suggested what the Indiana study has shown, but this is the first large study to make such a claim. According to the study, around 3 percent of children treated for acute kidney injury at Riley Hospital for Children over the past eleven years has been linked to OTC nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. The patients took the recommend dosage.

For parents this could change the way they look at treating their children when the inevitable fever strikes. There are alternatives like acetaminophen, such as Tylenol. Also, fevers during the flu are common so letting children tough it out, as long as the fever is not too high is usually alright. Always consulting your child’s doctor about your individual situation and child’s specific needs is MOST important.

 

 

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  1. I watch the types of medications I give my son. Sometimes, it’s ok to let the illness take it’s course. Allows the child to build antibodies. However, there are times when taking medications are a necessity.

  2. Naproxen is found in Aleve, not Advil. Ibuprofen is found in Advil (and Motrin). Both Naproxen and Ibuprofen are NSAID’s. You can take either with acetaminophen but not with each other.

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