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Combined and alternating paracetamol and ibuprofen therapy for febrile children

  1. Tiffany Wong1,2,*,
  2. Antonia S Stang3,
  3. Heather Ganshorn4,
  4. Lisa Hartling5,
  5. Ian K Maconochie6,
  6. Anna M Thomsen2,
  7. David W Johnson7

Editorial Group: Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group

Published Online: 30 OCT 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 6 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009572.pub2

How to Cite

Wong T, Stang AS, Ganshorn H, Hartling L, Maconochie IK, Thomsen AM, Johnson DW. Combined and alternating paracetamol and ibuprofen therapy for febrile children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD009572. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009572.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of British Columbia, BC Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Vancouver, Canada

  2. 2

    Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Canada

  3. 3

    Community Health Services, Department of Pediatrics, Calgary, AB, Canada

  4. 4

    University of Calgary, Libraries and Cultural Resources, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  5. 5

    University of Alberta, Department of Pediatrics, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

  6. 6

    St Mary's Hospital, Department of Paediatrics A&E, London, UK

  7. 7

    Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

*Tiffany Wong, tiffanywong.mak@gmail.com.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 30 OCT 2013

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