Choosing the right pain relief for your child

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:

  • Earache
  • Coughs and sore throat
  • Teething and toothache
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Strains and sprains
  • Fever.

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  • Becoming quiet and withdrawn
  • Restlessness

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 healthcare 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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  1. dawnblyth 02/06/2019 at 9:18 pm

    We have the ibuprofen prescribed from the doctor in our cupboards, I am assuming this is very similar? If so, then it is great stuff to have. My eldest son, when he is really sick, finds that alternating the doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen great.

  2. SarahBlair 02/06/2019 at 7:35 pm

    I only use medication on my kids when its absolutely necessary but I like that it is available to use and that we can relieve their suffering when they feel bad. I really like the idea of the chewable Nurofen and will be looking out for it, I imagine it will be so much easier to administer than tradition liquid pain relief.

  3. kymmage 01/06/2019 at 1:02 pm

    Good common sense advice. I have some of this nurofen for kids, but haven’t actually used it yet. Neither kid has been feverish since I bought it. Though that will change no doubt with winter here!

  4. Alezandra 29/05/2019 at 9:38 pm

    I am a bit hesitant when it comes to giving medicine to my son. I would prefer not to use medicine if possible and if it’s needed, I would call heathline or go to the GP if needed.

  5. MuddledUpMolly 28/05/2019 at 5:42 pm

    I have never tried nurofen with my children but it is good to read a bit more information about it for future use. There are a lot of viral bugs going around at the moment and all three of our children have come down with something in the past month.

  6. Mands1980 28/05/2019 at 2:59 pm

    Nurofen is great that it is a long lasting pain relief for 6-8 hours. We have both the syrup and soft chew tablets which the kids can chew easily when out and about and is easier to deal with.

  7. Shorrty4life1 26/05/2019 at 9:06 pm

    Very interesting read. I didn’t not know that nurofen for kids only allowed 3 doses in 24hrs. Must be stronger than panadol as can take panadol every 4 hrly and can only take nurofen for kids 6-8hrly. Very interesting. May have to invest in this product. Sounds like a winner all round really.

  8. Micht 23/05/2019 at 4:30 pm

    I did not know about Nurofen for kids but definitely an option good to have in the home if needed… we try to let the body fight most ailments but pain relief is very important… so will purchase this.

  9. Bevik1971 22/05/2019 at 10:18 am

    Neurofen is really good for kids – although we try not to use anything unless really needed (we won’t let our kids suffer in pain though!), I just don’t like giving her too much medicine. We do have some in the cupboard and it comes out when necessary and I always ensure measurements are accurate 🙂

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