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Research shows that up to half of children who are given medications do not get the proper dose1. They’re often not taking enough, or taking too much.
When it comes to taking medicines, kids aren't just small adults. When using nonprescription medicines, here is some advice to be sure you're giving your children the right amount of medicine.
DOSE BY AGE AND WEIGHTNowadays, the size of one child can vary significantly from another of the same age. For this reason, age is not the only reliable indicator. If you’re giving your child pain or fever medication such as Nurofen for Children, there are few things that you must do to ensure the correct dosage:
- Dose by age and weight is much more accurate
- Check the label to see how much is recommended
- Give the right amount by measuring carefully. Nurofen for Children comes with a convenient and precise dosing device in every pack
- Make sure your child takes it.
- Don’t try to speed up recovery by giving your child more medication. It can be very harmful for your child!
REPEAT DOSE: FOLLOW WHAT THE LABELSAYSIf it indicates every 6 to 8 hours, that generally means the medicine is taken 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and supper). Every 8 hours generally means 3 times per day.
NUROFEN FOR CHILDREN DOSAGE GUIDE
DIFFICULTY TO GIVE MEDICINE TO YOUR CHILD … SOUNDS FAMILIAR?
Your child does not like the taste of the medicine? You’ve carefully measured out the correct amount of medicine for your child, somehow managed to negotiate it into his or her mouth — and he/she promptly spits it out.
Luckily modern technology has solved the bad taste problem with great tasting suspensions that hide the taste of the medicine. Nurofen for Children, for example, is available in strawberry and orange flavours.
Your child refuses to swallow a large dose of medicine? When your child gets older, giving him a larger dose can be difficult. Concentrated suspensions are made to reduce the amount of medicine to swallow. For example, ‘Nurofen for Children 5 to 12 Years’has been specifically formulated to provide the same effective relief in half the dose*
Remember, talk to your doctor if you’re ever unsure about what is best for your child.
1Source: Li et al., 2000; McErlean et al., 2001; Goldman and Scolnik, 2004
*compared to Nurofen for children 1 to 5 years.