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sickkidIt’s that time of year, when lots of kids are feeling sick. What do you do when it’s a virus? Although viruses generally run their course in under a week, those days and nights with a sick child can be miserable.

So, what can you do to make them feel better as their bodies fight infection?

•    The doctors at Eugene Pediatric Associates often recommend ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) for pain, swelling and fever if your child is 6 months of age or older. Check our website for dosing of ibuprofen.
•    Acetaminophen (Tylenol) also works for fever and can be used in babies older than 1 month. Check our website for dosing of acetaminophen.
•    Cough medicines don’t work and are often dangerous for kids. Please don’t use them!
•    Vicks Vaporub, when you rub them on the chest before bedtime, has been scientifically shown to alleviate coughing.
•    Honey in warm water can also ease coughs, but do not give to children under 1 year of age.
•    Saline nose drops or sprays can break up mucus in the nose. Don’t suction it out, just lay your child on his back and drop it into each nostril, and let him sniff and swallow to clear his nose.
•    Provide plenty of fluids! Keeping your child hydrated will help her mobilize the congestion and maintain her energy while fighting fevers and other symptoms.

Remember, if your child appears sicker than what’s seems normal, or if he starts to get better then gets suddenly worse, or if you have other concerns, we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us.

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Acetaminophen (sold as Tylenol, Pediacare and a variety of other brand names) is currently under investigation for a potential link with asthma. Several pediatric studies have shown that children who used acetaminophen were twice as likely to have a diagnosis of asthma or suffer from chronic or recurrent wheezing.

Epidemiologists have been hesitant to conclude that acetaminophen causes asthma because of the possibility of confounding factors. For example, children who are asthmatic may become sick more easily, and then receive acetaminophen. Also, children who are frequently sick can develop viral-induced asthma, and those children are often given Tylenol. So, does acetaminophen really cause asthma, or is acetaminophen use just a marker for kids who have asthma?

While further studies are done to determine the nature of the link between acetaminophen and childhood asthma, some pediatric pulmonologists (and Dr. B) are recommending that ibuprofen (known by brand names Advil and Motrin) be the preferred medication for fever or pain in children who have wheezed or have a diagnosis of asthma in a parent or sibling. Note that ibuprofen is currently FDA approved for use in children 6 months of age or older. In young babies or in children who have no personal or family history of asthma/wheezing, acetaminophen is an excellent first choice for fever or pain.