Paracetamol vs ibuprofen for treating fever in children
Australian researchers have comnpared several studies in an attempt to determine if paracetamol or ibuprofen is a better antipyretic in children,
In a systematic review, researchers at Monash Univerity identified eight studies, involving a total of 1600 children, that assessed their comparative benefits in treating acute febrile illness.
And ibuprofen appears to have a slight advantage in terms of rapid onset and relief of fever-related discomfort, but there is insufficient data to conclude it is superior to paracetamol in treating fever.
The review, which looked at children under 12 with a temperature of 37.5-41 degrees C, found ibuprofen had a faster onset than paracetamol in five of the eight studies.
The most notable difference in time to fever resolution was 42 minutes for ibuprofen vs 71 minutes for paracetamol in one study.
The faster onset for ibuprofen was