There has been even more news lately about the danger of giving children Tylenol. It is tied to asthma when given in the first year of life, and new studies show that teens who regularly take acetaminophen were more than twice as likely to have asthma and allergies. Combined with the recalls and unknown long term side effects of these drugs, I plan to avoid them altogether.
But what’s a parent to do?
Many trusted pediatricians concur that fever is the body’s way of creating an inhospitable environment for viruses and bacteria- thus fighting off these illnesses. Most say to let a fever run its course, but do things to keep your baby comfortable. (Please note- this is for older babies only: we were told by our pediatrician that in babies under 6 weeks old, a fever of 100.5 or higher warrants a trip to the emergency room!)
Of course you never want to let a fever get dangerously high- here are links to some great information on causes of fever, as well as the best way to treat them and when to call the doctor: