At what age can I give a child paracetamol?

BabyA child can be administered Paracetamol if – 

  • The child is over 2 months old, 
  • Weighs over 4 kg’s (8.8 lbs)
  • Wasn’t born before 37 weeks of pregnancy,

This can be administered if – They have a fever, are in pain, or have a temperature

The youngest a child can be administered Paracetamol Infant Suspension (120mg/5ml) is at 2-3 months. The dosage for a child of this age is usually only ONE 2.5ml quantity, followed by another, 4-6 hours later if required.

It should never be administered to a baby under 2 months old, nor should a child aged between 2-3 months ever be given more than 2 doses.

We would always recommend Paracetamol first, rather than Ibuprofen, as    it is very effective.

Recommended doses for older children.

Infant paracetamol suspension (120 mg/5ml)
Age Dose How often (in 24 hours)
3 - 6 months 2.5 ml Four times
6 - 24 months 5 ml Four times
2 - 4 years 7.5 ml Four times
4 - 6 years 10 ml Four times
 
 Paracetamol six plus suspension (240/250 mg/5ml)
Age Dose How often (in 24 hours)
6 - 8 years 5 ml Four times
8 - 10 years 7.5 ml Four times
10 - 12 years 10 ml Four times

Remember, never give more than 4 doses in a 24 hour period, and ensure that 4 hours is left between each dose. You should not admininster Paracetamol Suspension to a child for more than 3 days without speaking your Pharmacist or Doctor. 

 

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