An Important Message About Ibuprofen 3/18/2020
An update to the original post:
3/19/2020 The World Health Organization has changed its recommendation. The information is changing every day with the data on the COVID-19 Coronavirus - including the scientific information from reputable sources. As of March 18th, the World Health Organization has updated its recommendations, and has now said there are no recommendation against using motrin for fevers in potential COVID-19 cases.
3/18/2020 Avoid Ibuprofen (if possible): The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people avoid taking Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) as there have been reports that Ibuprofen (and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs-NSAIDs, such as Naproxen) may mask or worsen COVID-19 symptoms. If your child needs medication for fever or pain, please try Acetaminophen (Tylenol) first. If your child looks fine, you can also try a more natural approach of just observing without medicines at all - often you can keep your child comfortable with rest, lots of fluids to drink and cool compresses to their forehead alone. In general, fever does help to fight an infection, so it is good to allow your child's body to use its own natural defenses to protect him/her. Treat your child, not the fever - if you child is acting sick or in pain, go ahead and use the appropriate dose of tylenol when its appropriate.