By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2015 7 Comments
    Why It May Be Time to Throw Your Thermometer in …

    A digital temple thermometer distributed by Bestmed is being recalled by the manufacturer. Digital Temple Thermometer Is Not Accurate: According to the FDA, some of these thermometers display temperat…

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2015 1 Comments
    Acetaminophen Makes No Difference for Kids in th…

    Doctors frequently prescribe acetaminophen to children who develop a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit while they are in an intensive care unit. The thought is that by lowering their temperature, such…

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2014 1 Comments
    When Do You Need to Lower Your Child’s Fev…

    Q. At what point should you give a child Tylenol or ibuprofen to bring down a fever? When I was a young mother and took my child to the emergency room to find out why his temperature was high, the doc…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2014 3 Comments
    Reducing Fever May Help Spread Flu

    Taking popular fever-reducing drugs (such as acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen) for the flu may increase the spread of the virus. A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B used…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2013 5 Comments
    Family Feuds Over Fever

    Q. Please resolve a family dispute. Every time our daughter has a slight fever, my wife rushes for the Tylenol. I was brought up to believe that a little fever is part of the healing process. Who is r…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2013 26 Comments
    Should You Fight Fever When You Have Flu?

    In this season of sniffles, sneezes, coughs and fever, millions of Americans reach into their medicine cabinets for aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These drugs bring down an elevated temperature,…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2011 2 Comments
    Don’t Overtreat Children’s Fever

    Aggressive treatment of children's fevers could be counterproductive. A new report in the journal Pediatrics points out that fever is a response to infection that is often beneficial. It slows the gro…