Evaluate the evidence comparing the effectiveness of paracetamol and ibuprofen
Narayan K, Cooper S, Morphet J et al (2017) Effectiveness of paracetamol versus ibuprofen administration in febrile children: A systematic literature review. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 53, 8, 800-807. doi:10.1111/jpc.13507
The aim of the systematic literature review was to evaluate the evidence comparing the effectiveness of paracetamol and ibuprofen in the treatment of fever in children.
Only randomised controlled trials (RCTs) were included in the systematic literature review; these involved children aged from one month to 12 years presenting with a temperature of between 37.5 and 41°C inclusive. Research papers were excluded if the RCTs investigated critically ill children, adolescents and adults. A total of eight RCTs were included in this systematic literature review.
Paracetamol and ibuprofen are effective in reducing fever in children. Results of the review also...
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