Compounding For Kids - Fever

When your child has a fever, working to help him/her feel better can be quite taxing; espe-cially if your child is unable to take medica-tion in its stan-dard dosing form. Does your child constantly complain about taking oral medication or have an inabil-ity to take oral medications? Then our compounding pharmacists may be able to help you!

Fever - What is it and what causes it?

Fever is simply the temporary increase in the body’s temperature in response to some disease or illness. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), “Fever is an important part of the body's defense against infection. Most bacteria and viruses that cause infections in people thrive best at 98.6°F. Many infants and children develop high fevers with minor viral illnesses. Although a fever signals that a battle might be go-ing on in the body, the fever is fighting for the person, not against.” [1]

Fever - How is it treated?

One common medication used to treat fever in children is ibuprofen (Motrin®). Ibuprofen is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAID is the general term used for a group of drugs that are effective in relieving pain and reducing inflammation (in prescription doses). Ibuprofen provides temporary reduction of fever, and relief of minor aches and pains due to colds, flu, sore throat, headaches and toothaches.
Children’s strength ibuprofen is only avail-able as an oral medication. This can be problematic when your child is unable or unwilling to take oral medications.

Fever - How we can help you!

We have the ability to compound ibu-profen in various non-oral (topical, rectal) forms. For example we can compound ibuprofen into a transdermal gel that can be rubbed di-rectly into your child’s skin. This form of delivery has been studied and it’s been con-cluded that “...that the stud-ied microemulsion-based hydrogel may be a promising vehicle for topical delivery of ibuprofen.” (Int J Pharm. 2006 Jun 6;315(1-2):52-8).

Best of all it’s simple to apply and best of all there aren’t any complaints about “gross” tasting medicine.

For more information on how we can help make administer-ing your child’s fever medicine easier, please call us and ask to speak with one of our com-pounding pharmacists. You’ll be glad you did!

References:

  • 1. Fever - Medline Plus - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003090.html