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Is it fine to give Meftal-P for fever in 10 months old baby?

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Dr. Abeer

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Published At August 9, 2018
Reviewed AtFebruary 17, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My 10 months old son got a fever since last night. It has been 24 hours and his fever is between 100 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit. He has no other symptom till now. We are giving him Paracetamol drops. What can we do for him? The doctor suggested Meftal-P. Is it fine to give for 10 months old baby?

Answered by Dr. Abeer

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Paracetamol drops are fine. Meftal-P (Mefenamic acid) is a group of drug NSAID which is not first class drug given to babies under 1-year-old. First priority is Paracetamol or Acetaminophen. The reason is NSAID causes closure of the vessel in hearing in the fetal phase. So until the baby grows up, NSAID is not preferred. As fever is high grade, sponge him with a wet towel. This would decrease temperature and then blood circulation will be normal and Paracetamol will reach tissues and work. Watch for other signs like a cough, flu, crying (abdominal pain), and diarrhea. Follow up after three days. Adequate fluid and breastfeed if given. Thank you and take care. Regards.

The Probable causes

The probable causes are 1. Viral. 2. Bacterial.

Investigations to be done

Investigations to be done are complete blood count.

Differential diagnosis

The differential diagnosis is 1. Acute gastroenteritis.

2.Respiratory tract infection.

Probable diagnosis

The probable diagnosis is Viral fever.

Treatment plan

The treatment plan includes 1. Paracetamol drops. 2.Adequate fluid, and food. 3.Wet sponging.

Preventive measures

Preventive measures are to avoid unhygienic measures and no outside food.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Abeer
Dr. Abeer

General Practitioner

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