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Old 05-22-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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can I give my 4 month old motrin?

I know they say motrin after 6 months...but the tylenol just isn't doing it.


she got her shots yesterday and had a low grade fever this morning. thought she would be okay. give her some tylenol and packed the thermometer for our day trip to an amueseament park. got there in took her temp again and it was 103.3! went straight to the first aid station. sat in the air conditioning (temp went down to 102) while my husband took the other kids on the train ride. then went straight home. (good think we have season passes). it's now 101.0. I've been giving her baby tylenol (don't worry I made sure it's not one of the recalls) every 4 hours. and I was wondering if I can do the alternating motrin/tylenol thing. I know they say motrin after 6 months...but the tylenol just isn't doing it.

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Old 05-22-2010, 06:00 PM   #2
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Re: can I give my 4 month old motrin?

I don't have any dosage info for under 6m, but my dr always said you go by weight. 12-17lbs would get 1.25mL of Motrin.
Personally I would give it. I recall giving to my son around 3 months when he had a fever. I usually give tylenol but it's best to rotate for keeping a fever down 1st dose tylenol, next dose motrin, then tylenol, etc.
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:04 PM   #3
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Re: can I give my 4 month old motrin?

Here is the link, says 4 months and up... Although I was told no motrin under 6-8 months.

http://www.motrin.ca/eng/child/product/infant.html

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Old 05-22-2010, 06:22 PM   #4
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Re: can I give my 4 month old motrin?

I wouldn't... ibuprofen is really hard on your stomach (and many adults who overdose get ulcers from it).

But that's me.

101 isn't too bad, anyway - it means she's fighting an infection & will likely kill it quickly. Fever reducers prolong this effect, causing the need for antibiotics when really if the body is allowed to do its job, you don't need them.
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Re: can I give my 4 month old motrin?

My doc always told me to use the lesser of age or weight, so even if my baby was 12 lbs, if s/he was under 6 mths, I couldn't give motrin. I also give the lower dose of age or weight for tylenol until age 1 after which she said that dosing by weight alone is appropriate.

I also agree with a pp, 101 is not bad. That's your baby's immune system dealing with vaxes/illnesses. I don't medicate until over 103 (unless extremely lethargic), so if tylenol is keeping it under 103, I wouldn't worry. Let the immune system do its job. If you're really worried, call your doc's office, but don't give motrin under 6 mths w/o a physician's advice to do so. It can be VERY hard on an infant's stomach.
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Re: can I give my 4 month old motrin?

Thanks. I don't think I will give it to her. She is feeling much better now.
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Re: can I give my 4 month old motrin?

I gave motrin under 6 months. For ages 4 months and up it is ok to give 1.25 ml. If my LO's were not in the correct weight range (ie. less than 12 lbs but over 4 months) I would 1/2 the dose of 1.25 ml.
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Re: can I give my 4 month old motrin?

I always thought motrin was for alot older babies, maybe I'm wrong. And our pedi doesn't make us come in unless the fever is 103 or more
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I always thought motrin was for alot older babies, maybe I'm wrong. And our pedi doesn't make us come in unless the fever is 103 or more
They have children's and infants motrin.
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Re: can I give my 4 month old motrin?

I wouldn't. And 101 isn't terrible. I try not to treat a fever unless its over 102 or kiddo is uncomfortable. She has a fever because her immune systen is triggered to work. I would just treat with tylenol is she seems uncomfortable. Good luck.
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