Overview

‘Tis the season for pediatric fevers! Join us to review a recent meta-analysis looking at 18 studies with patients younger than 2 years old who received acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever or pain to determine if one medication should be recommended first, before the other. After this session, you’ll be able to confidently advise parents of young children on how best to manage fever and/or pain at home with over-the-counter medications.

Episode references and resource links: 

  • Long B, Gottlieb M. Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen for Fever or Pain in Children Younger Than Two Years. Am Fam Physician. 2022 Jan ;105(1):19.
  • Wong T, Stang AS, Ganshorn H, Hartling L, Maconochie IK, Thomsen AM, Johnson DW. Combined and alternating paracetamol and ibuprofen therapy for febrile children. Evid Based Child Health. 2014 Sep;9(3):675-729. doi: 10.1002/ebch.1978. PMID: 25236309.
  • Sullivan JE, Farrar HC. Fever and Antipyretic Use in Children. Pediatrics (2011) 127 (3): 580-587. (Reaffirmed 2016)
     

     

     

     

Learning Objectives

  • Review the options for fever and pain management in pediatric patients, including mechanism of action, duration, and dosing recommendations
  • Apply findings from a new meta-analysis comparing ibuprofen and acetaminophen for fever reduction in patients less than 2 years old
     

 


Faculty

Frank J. Domino, MD

Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health,
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Jillian Joseph, MSPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Department of PA Studies, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston, MA
Clinical Instructor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Disclosures

The following financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Frank J. Domino, MD

Has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 

Jillian Joseph, MPAS, PA-C

Has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 


Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


CME/CE Information

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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