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My 3-year-old has a fever and I gave him Tylenol and he threw it up not even 10 minutes later. I know I have no way of knowing how much he did absorb, but this was not even 10 minutes. Can he have more? If not a full dose then half?

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Asked by steph.lefave at 10:07 PM on Nov. 19, 2012 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • What does your Pediatrician say?

    Answer by feralxat at 10:15 PM on Nov. 19, 2012

  • Either call the ped or wait 3 hours and then give motrin. You can safely alternate tylenol and motrin giving one every 3 hours.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:31 PM on Nov. 19, 2012

  • You can use Motrin I believe. It's a different med and can be alternated.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 10:31 PM on Nov. 19, 2012

  • I was also going to suggest alternating Motrin and Tylenol every 2.5-3 hours.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 10:36 PM on Nov. 19, 2012

  • Do you have Motrin as well? You can switch off every 2 hours..

    Answer by MsViv at 11:24 PM on Nov. 19, 2012

  • How high is the fever?

    Answer by Dardenella at 11:47 PM on Nov. 19, 2012

  • If it's been less than 10 minutes, you can give the full dose. Hardly anything has been absorbed. Just PleAse make sure to not exceed the daily maximum Tylenol(R) (acetaminophen) dose. Like the other posters have said, ibuprofen (Motrin(R), Advil(R)) can be alternated with the Tylenol if the temperature hasn't decreased much. So, Tylenol/ibuprofen/Tylenol/ibuprofen, alternating every 2 or so hours. If there's no relief or minimal relief, I would call the pediatrician's office. GL

    Answer by Chocolatespring at 1:36 AM on Nov. 20, 2012

  • I would treat his stomach first and make sure he's not going to throw it up again before trying the Tylenol again. You can keep him cool for an hour via cool compresses and a fan if necessary. Try a little plain chicken broth or some chamomile or ginger tea/ginger ale to settle the stomach. Then see if he can keep down a few crackers or a little bit of bread before trying to give medication again. No sense in aggravating the stomach if he can't keep it down. Of course, continue to monitor the fever often.

    Answer by hellokittykat at 3:09 AM on Nov. 20, 2012

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