It’s inevitable that your child will experience some pain now and then – whether it’s from illness, minor accidents, or normal growing up events like teething.
Recognising pain in children
Common causes of pain in babies and children include:
- Coughs and sore throat
- Teething and toothache
- Headaches and migraine
- Strains and sprains
Very young children can’t tell you when they’re in pain. Some signs to look for include:
- Crying, screaming and grimacing
- Changes in sleep and eating patterns
- Becoming quiet and withdrawn
Pain management for children
Mild to moderate pain and fever can be relieved using non-prescription medicines such as Nurofen, given at age-appropriate doses.
Medicine is not always needed to relieve mild pain. Other ways you may be able to help your little one feel better include:
- Cuddling and reassurance
- Distraction with games, a story, or television
- Use of ice or heat packs, or teething rings.
All about Nurofen for Children
Nurofen for Children is designed for children and infants from 3 months. It contains ibuprofen, which starts providing relief from fever in just 15 minutes*, and lasts up to 8 hours.
Things to check before you use Nurofen for Children
Before using Nurofen for Children, if your child is under 12 months of age, check with your healthhcare professional first. Always read the label and ensure you use the product and dose suitable for your child’s age.
How to use Nurofen for Children
The Nurofen for Children range is designed to provide a Nurofen dose that’s appropriate for babies and children. In addition, all products in the range come with an easy dosing syringe, making it easier to you give your child the correct dose. For older children, (7 years plus) Nurofen for Children also has a Soft Chew Tablets.
The recommended dose of Nurofen for Children varies depending on the weight and age of your child. Start by selecting the right product for your child’s age range. Then, check the dosing guide on the back of the pack to determine the right dose for your child’s age and weight.
Doses should be given every 6–8 hours, as needed, with a maximum of 3 doses in 24 hours.
When to see a doctor
Medicines can help relieve pain for a while, but they don’t fix the underlying cause of pain.
See a doctor if your child’s pain lasts more than a few hours, or appears to be very severe, or your child is obviously unwell, it’s important to see a doctor. If in doubt, always see your doctor.
*Pelen F, et al. Annales de Pediatre 1998; 45(10): 719-28.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Do not give to babies under 3 months of age. Seek medical advice for children under 12 months of age.
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