Do they both treat the same symptoms?
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Q: Which is better, paracetamol or ibuprofen? Do they both treat the same symptoms?
A: Paracetamol is a medicine that is used to treat mild to moderate pain and to control a fever (high temperature, also known as pyrexia).
Ibuprofen is a medicine that is used to treat mild to moderate pain, ease pain and inflammation (redness and swelling) and control a fever
They are both very safe and effective, and have been used in children for many years. Every person reacts slightly differently to medicines so you may find one seems to work better then the other in your child. I tend to use paracetamol as first choice for treating a temperature and mild discomfort then add in ibuprofen if not working. However if your child has aching joints or sprain or strain then go for the Ibuprofen first…