Choosing the pain relief that is right for your child

Nurofen for Children contains ibuprofen, to provide fast and effective relief of pain and fever reduction in infants and children.

There are three products in the range:

  • Oral liquid for babies and young children aged 3 months to 5 years
  • A more concentrated oral liquid for older children ages 5 to 12 years
  • Soft Chews for children 7 years and older

All oral liquid products in the range come with an easy dosing syringe, making it easier for you to give your child the correct dose.

Before using:

  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist first, if your child is under 12 months of age
  • Always read the label
  • Ensure you use the product and dose suitable for your child’s age

A glance at the Nurofen for Children range

Nurofen for Children 3 months - 5 years range: suitable for fever reduction and relieving common aches and pains for your little one, such as teething and earaches. It is sugar and colour free, and available in strawberry and orange flavours.

Nurofen for Children 5-12 years range: a more concentrated formula which allows for a smaller dosing volume, as older children may require a larger dose of ibuprofen. It provides fast and effective relief from fever, headaches, sprains and strains, and cold and flu symptoms. It is also sugar and colour free, and available in strawberry and orange flavours.

Nurofen for Children Soft Chewable Capsules: an easy to chew format for children 7 years and older. It is a great pain and fever relief option for children who no longer want to take a liquid, but still find tablets difficult to swallow.

How much should I give my child?

Oral Liquids:

The recommended dose of Nurofen for Children varies depending on the weight of your child. Start by selecting the most appropriate product for your child, then check the dosing guide on the back of the pack to determine the right dose for your child’s age and weight.

Since the correct dosage amount is determined by weight, both ranges of Nurofen for Children oral liquids can be used for children from 3 months to 12 years old, provided dosage guidelines are followed. Accordingly, both ranges have dosage instructions for children from 3 months to 12 years old.

Doses should be given every 6–8 hours, as needed, with a maximum of 3 doses in 24 hours.

Soft Chews:

The recommended dose is determined by the age of your child as follows.

7 years - 10 years: Two capsules (max 8 in 24 hours)

10 years - 12 years: Three capsules (max 12 in 24 hours)

Doses should be given every 6-8 hours (or with a minimum of 6 hours in between each dose if required). It is important not to exceed the stated dose and make sure that the product is thoroughly chewed before swallowing. Though Nurofen Soft Chews can be taken without water, your child should still take plenty of fluids to help manage their pain or fever.

Recognising pain in children

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.

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.

Nurofen for Children and pain management

Mild to moderate pain and fever can be relieved using non-prescription medicines such as Nurofen, given at age-appropriate doses.

Nurofen for Children is designed for children and infants. It contains ibuprofen, which starts providing relief from fever in just 15 minutes[1], and lasts up to 8 hours[2].

When to see a doctor

Medicines can help relieve pain for a while, but they don’t fix the underlying cause of pain.

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.

 

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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References:

[1] Pelen F et al. Ann Pediatr 1998; 45(10): 719–28, funded by Reckitt Benckiser.

[2] Autret-Leca et al. Curr Med Res Opin 2007; 23(9): 2205­–11, funded by Reckitt Benckiser.