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i've given it to haye a few times, well...more than a few times.<br>
what should i be giving him instead?
 

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I think it depends on what you are using it for? I have given it a few times for teething pain and once when DD had a fever, and both times it helped a lot, and relieved her discomfort, allowing her to get some much needed sleep. In general, though, I try to use medication as little as possible, same as I do for myself.
 

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My guess (and this is just a guess) is that it is hard on the liver. I really don't know. I have used it when G has his shots and that's about it. Maybe once for his teeth.<br><br>
I'd go by the PP logic- use as little medicine as you need to.
 

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From what I understand, (so that means I might not be right!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) it's fine to use on an irregular basis as needed.<br><br>
The problems occur, according to my mom's naturopath, when you use is too frequently, and use a higher dose than reccomended.<br>
Two things can happen: the baby can form an addiction (!) and it is just really hard on their little livers to process when they're getting too big of a dose.<br><br>
That said, I use it when ds is sick, or in pain, and any natural remedies don't seem to be doing the trick. I don't feel bad about it, but as the pp said, I use it about as sparingly as I do on myself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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hopefully, i'm not using too often. i use it for every fever after her shots and teething pain occasionally. in a sense im not worried my dd hates the stuff.
 

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Nope don't use it. It's hard on the liver. The spiking and lowering of fevers can be dangerous. Fevers aren't really dangerous for DC. Fevers help Kill infections etc. They only need to be slightly controlled if they get really high and most often can be done with just a little baking soda in a bath or rubbing alcohol on the forehead and behind the ears. Lots of liquids etc. You need to read the info in health and healing archives or the vaccination archives. You will find tons and tons of threads with a billion links telling you all of the dangers etc.
 

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You might want to reconsider using it for fever. Fevers are useful and the body's way of fighting whatever is going on inside. Without fever, babies can actually stay sick longer. As a general rule, I don't use pain relievers (medicines) of any kind. If my baby's temp is really high (103), my intervention of choice would be ice or cloths soaked in cool water. If it keeps climbing, I'm at the ER. According to most docs, the real indication that a baby is sick and in need of some sort of intervention is their mood/energy level/lethargy, not a number on a thermometer (not that that's what you're using for indication).<br><br>
I agree about the liver toxicity. That is the real danger of Tylenol. As for addiction, it makes sense that something used too often would cease to be effective. For teething pain, we use Hylands Teething Tablets, a wooden teething ring, lots of nursing, tag team parenting, and ice to chew on. All are very effective for relieving pain. Good luck!
 

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There've been a few threads on the vax board that the LAST thing you want to do is give Tylenol with shots. Check out the archives over there.
 

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I don't use it for fevers, either. In fact, I haven't used tylenol in a really long time...I would give them something if they were feeling crappy (ie: sore bodies, headaches, ONCE I gave it for teething pain), but not just because of a fever.
 

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Fever is the body's natural fighting mechanism. If the fever is mild, there's no need to medicate - just encourage fluid intake, and lots of rest. However, if the fever is especially high, or you just want to provide relief from any pain that might accompany an illness, it's perfectly safe to medicate with Tylenol. Do not give Ibuprofen to a baby under 6 months, as their kidneys aren't mature enough.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Two things can happen: the baby can form an addiction (!) and it is just really hard on their little livers to process when they're getting too big of a dose.</div>
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Wrong! A baby can NOT form an addition to Tylenol (Acetaminophen), nor Motrin (Ibuprofen)! It is true that Tylenol can be hepatotoxic (toxic to the liver) if used in larger than recommended doses.<br><br>
Here's a quote from Dr. Sears' website:<br><br>
"Acetaminophen has been safely used in infants and children for many years. There are minimal side- effect concerns in a healthy child. It has a high safety margin, i.e. it takes about seven times the regular dose to be harmful. If given at the proper doses, it is safe to use "around the clock" for several days."<br><br>
Also, another poster recommended ice to bring down an infant's fever. That's not a good idea, since shivering will ensue. Shivering produces more body heat, which can actually raise the baby's temperature! It's best to use lukewarm water to bathe baby, but if you notice your child shivering, stop bathing them and dry and cover them.<br><br>
Also, don't use rubbing alcohol to bring the fever down - it's readily absorbed into the skin, and is considered a poison.
 

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hopefully i didn't make it sound like i give haye a lot of tylenol!<br>
i can't actually remember the last time i gave it to him.<br>
i have never given it for a fever, just teething issues.<br>
i ordered hyland's about a week ago.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">hopefully i didn't make it sound like i give haye a lot of tylenol!<br>
i can't actually remember the last time i gave it to him.<br>
i have never given it for a fever, just teething issues.<br>
i ordered hyland's about a week ago.</div>
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FTR, it didn't sound that way to me at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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