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The_Grand_Duchess
09-07-2007, 09:19 PM
So my older daughter has a cold or something with a bit of a temputure. I've already called her doctor, I'm waiting on them to call me back. In the meantime I want to give her some meds to help with her temp.

I only have children's Tylenol. I usually give her infants. She's 22 months and weighs 30 lbs. Is it safe to give her the lowest dose since she's just two months shy of the age and well within the weight? I think it will help her feel better. . .

Anyone know if it's alright?

Hillary
09-07-2007, 09:22 PM
I think medicine like that is mainly about the weight of the child in terms of dosing and such. I babysat a LANKY 3 year old and I always gave her a dose according to her weight, not her age, because she was a full dosing bracket lower in terms of weight.

Don't quote me, but I'm pretty sure the weight is the way to go.

ccarver30
09-07-2007, 09:23 PM
I worked in a pharmacy for years- the weight is the greater matter than the age in this case.

reigningcatsndogs
09-07-2007, 09:24 PM
For what's it worth, my sister's an RN and she always gave the same advice -- go by the weight, not the age. You should be fine. Take care, and give her lots of hugs.

C.bronco
09-07-2007, 09:31 PM
Children's motrin is ten times better- it will nix the fever in five to fifteen minutes. They make infant motrin too.

jennifer75
09-07-2007, 09:31 PM
Yea, my son was always heavier than the "norm" of his age. So I just went by weight. I do worry still about giving him medicine. I've noticed sometimes the behavioral changes while on OTC meds and it's scary.

Having kids is a nightmare.

Foinah
09-07-2007, 09:41 PM
Here are a few links with dosing information ala Dr. Sears. A very helpful site ;)

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T089101.asp for tylenol

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T088900.asp for motrin


for all other meds with links for dosing : http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T089900.asp#T089902

Also, if you are concerned about the correct dosage you can call your doctor and speak with his/her nurse or talk to your local pharmacist. Always read the labels correctly to make sure you are giving the proper dose for the proper medication. Infant Tylenol and Children's Tylenol are significantly different, so never use a dropper from one med for another. Use the designated dispenser utensil to avoid overdose errors.

I hope your little one feels better. Unless your child has a history of febrile seizures, doctors don't recommend treating a fever unless it is 101, but you know your child and what will make her comfortable.

Southern_girl29
09-07-2007, 09:53 PM
I agree with everyone. Go by the weight. My daughter is smaller than most kids her age, which means we can't use the standard dosing instructions. I almost always call the pharmacist to see how much to give.

The_Grand_Duchess
09-07-2007, 10:05 PM
Thanks everyone! After reading through your responses I gave her a dose of children's tylenol. Her temp is 100.7 rectally which isn't high at all. I think it's just a little bug, nothing to be worried about really. She just isn't feeling well.

I think she's also getting one last tooth in which may be causing all these problems. Having kids is stressful! But I love them.

Perks
09-07-2007, 10:17 PM
Just to add my thoughts on this: I don't treat low-grade fevers. The fever is part of the immune response. The viruses that make us sick thrive at 98.6, but falter at higher temperatures. So, unless my kids have a specific ache, I let the fever go and give them popsicles or cool drinks.

JLCwrites
09-07-2007, 10:24 PM
Thanks everyone! After reading through your responses I gave her a dose of children's tylenol. Her temp is 100.7 rectally which isn't high at all. I think it's just a little bug, nothing to be worried about really. She just isn't feeling well.

I think she's also getting one last tooth in which may be causing all these problems. Having kids is stressful! But I love them.

My 18 month old has been pushing her canines in for a few months now, and once in a while she goes through a bad spell with lots of fussing, and drooling and a temp around 101-102. Wish those little teethies will come in already!

The_Grand_Duchess
09-07-2007, 10:26 PM
My 18 month old has been pushing her canines in for a few months now, and once in a while she goes through a bad spell with lots of fussing, and drooling and a temp around 101-102. Wish those little teethies will come in already!

It is a canine! The last one! She was also a little whiny so I thought why not give her some meds? Maybe she's having some discomfort. She's still rolling around on the floor trying to get to sleep.

Sigh!

JLCwrites
09-07-2007, 10:27 PM
Just to add my thoughts on this: I don't treat low-grade fevers. The fever is part of the immune response. The viruses that make us sick thrive at 98.6, but falter at higher temperatures. So, unless my kids have a specific ache, I let the fever go and give them popsicles or cool drinks.

I agree with Perks too. Unless the munchkin is feeling awky or is in discomfort, I will hold back on the meds. I believe 103 or higher is when the DR. wants you to call her. (or him)

BTW, apparently there is some controversy on cold medicine for kids. There have been some bad reactions on it, and more research needs to be done. I'll see if I can find the link.

JLCwrites
09-07-2007, 10:28 PM
It is a canine! The last one! She was also a little whiny so I thought why not give her some meds? Maybe she's having some discomfort. She's still rolling around on the floor trying to get to sleep.

Sigh!

Awww. poor wittle one! Dont you just hate it when you feel so helpless? Give her some extra cuddles from Turkey! :)

Perks
09-07-2007, 10:29 PM
Yeah, I only give any sort of decongestant at bedtime, and only if it's really bad stuffiness that will keep them from resting. Other than that, it's fruit tea and ice cream and watching movies on the sofa.

I think a lot of the concern is over cough medicine and especially the combo drugs for 'multi-symptom' relief.

The_Grand_Duchess
09-07-2007, 10:31 PM
I agree with Perks too. Unless the munchkin is feeling awky or is in discomfort, I will hold back on the meds. I believe 103 or higher is when the DR. wants you to call her. (or him)

BTW, apparently there is some contraversy on cold medicine for kids. There have been some bad reactions on it, and more research needs to be done. I'll see if I can find the link.

I've heard about that. I threw out my tylenol w/cold meds after that report and for this time I just gave her the plain kind. I wouldn't have worried about her temp but she just seems so uncomfortable!

I don't think her doc is too concerned as they haven't called back so there's that.

JLCwrites
09-07-2007, 10:41 PM
Heres the link in case anyone wants to read it.

http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/sci_update.cfm?DocID=228