Skip to main content

How Tylenol Works, & How It Can Help Your Child Find Relief

How Tylenol Works, & How It Can Help Your Child Find Relief

You’re a great parent. You do a lot for your children, and you never want to see them hurting or ill. Unfortunately, a big part of life is dealing with various levels of pain and getting sick, so it’s inevitable that, at some point, your child’s going to hurt themselves or fall ill.
And for toothaches, minor bumps and bruises, and other types of “owies,” it’s likely that—after giving your child a big hug and wiping away their tears—you give them a dose of Tylenol or a generic form of acetaminophen. However, did you know that the next time you child comes down with the flu or another illness, Tylenol can work as an effective treatment to reduce their temperature?

How Does Tylenol Help Reduce Fever?

Surprisingly, the answer to this question is that we really don’t know. Despite acetaminophen’s widespread use, “experts aren’t quite sure how the drug works.” However, some researchers think that this drug works similar to aspirin or ibuprofen (we’ll talk more about this in a moment).
When we get hurt or sick, our body releases chemicals called prostaglandins, which essentially tell our nerve endings that something’s wrong. When our nerve endings pick up on these chemical signals, they then send a “message” to the brain about the pain, at which point you begin feeling it. Prostaglandins aren’t just related to pain though, as they’re also thought to cause the hypothalamus to elevate body temperature, resulting in a fever.
Because of this prostaglandin-inhibiting action, acetaminophen can help not only to reduce your child’s fever, but also the pain that often accompanies it.

When It Comes to Tylenol, It’s All About the Dosing

The truth is that many parents may not recognize about acetaminophen’s fever-reducing power, often because it’s dosed improperly. However, it’s a very safe and effective method of reducing children’s fevers, and is one of the most common methods of doing so.
With this said, in order to ensure that acetaminophen can work its magic on your child, we here at Advanced Family Medicine recommend giving your child 15mg of Tylenol for every 1kg (2.2 pounds) of weight, once every 4-6 hours, 2-3 times per day as needed.

Should You Use Tylenol & Ibuprofen For Children’s Fevers?

Although Tylenol is very effective at reducing children’s fevers, and very safe when given in the correct doses, many physicians recommend alternating between doses of Tylenol and ibuprofen in order to “ramp up” your child’s fever reduction—but only iftheir fever is over 104°, and/or if it has been unresponsive to one or the other medication.
In instances like these, it’s recommended that you only give your child medication every 4 hours (e.g. alternating between one dose of Tylenol every 8 hours, and one dose of ibuprofen every 8 hours), and only administering these 2 medications together for a period of 24 hours or less.

Precautions to Remember When Using Tylenol to Reduce Fever

As we mentioned previously, Tylenol is considered safe for the vast majority of the population, as long as it’s administered in the proper doses at the proper times. However, if your child experiences any nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), stop taking it immediately and contact your Advanced Family Medicine physician.

Want to Know More About Tylenol & Fevers?

If so, contact Advanced Family Medicine today at (425) 453-6838 to schedule your appointment, and we’ll be more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have!


Popular posts from this blog

Why Influenza Vaccinations Are Important to Your Family’s Health

Why Influenza Vaccinations Are Important to Your Family’s Health According to the  Centers for Disease Control , anywhere between 151 and 156 million flu vaccines will be distributed this year within the United States, although not all of these doses will be used. And while this might be considered a large number, keep in mind that there are more than 316 million individuals living in this country, which means that less than 50% of the population will obtain a flu vaccine this year. Here at Advanced Family Medicine, many of our patients frequently express concern about the effectiveness of immunizations; perhaps because they received a flu vaccine in the past but still came down with the flu. On the other hand, some individuals consciously choose not to get vaccinated against the flu as they’re simply not concerned about acquiring it. Whatever your reasoning may be though, the importance of getting vaccinated against influenza this year cannot be understated. The flu season t
New Doctor Joins AFM Dr. Shaista Quddusi is a highly respected and experienced physician, having been in practice for over two decades. Her acclaimed career in medicine began in 1988, when she graduated with her Medical Degree from the Dow Medical College. After moving to the United States, Dr. Quddusi completed her internship, residency, and fellowship with the Cook County Hospital. Driven to further her knowledge and expertise, she undertook a further fellowship with the University of Washington.

7 Things to Know About Osteoporosis via healthgrades)

1. Osteoporosis weakens bones 2. Millions of people are at risk 3. Osteoporosis affects both men and women 4. Age is not the only risk factor 5. Osteoporosis can be hard to detect 6. Osteoporosis cannot be cured 7. Medication might be an option for full article please go to this link