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My toddler has a fever. Did you give your kids medicine for fevers?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I’m not a believer in pushing drugs. I think sometimes when doctors prescribe medication for kids’ colds, they’re really treating Mommy, not the kids.

I never gave my kids medicine just because it tastes good. That’s a really bad behavior to get into. If they had a fever of around 101°F or higher and they looked sick, I’d give them an age-appropriate dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol). That was before they sold kids’ ibuprofen (Motrin). Both work well for fever. If a child has a fever and also muscle aches, I’d give him ibuprofen, which has an anti-inflammatory effect. But if a child has a sensitive stomach, I’d give him Tylenol because ibuprofen can irritate the stomach.

—Susan Besser, MD, a mom of six grown children, ages 27, 25, 23, 21, 20, and 18, a grandmom of two, a family physician, and the medical director of Doctors Express-Memphis, in Tennessee

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