- Check with your doctor 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 and weight
A glance at the Nurofen for Children range
Nurofen for Children 3 months - 5 years range: suitable for the temporary relief of pain and discomfort associated with teething, toothache, earache, headache, cold and flu symptoms, minor sprains and strains and sore throats. It also relieves fever, including fever caused by immunisation. It is sugar and colour free, and available in strawberry and orange flavours.
Nurofen for Children 5-12 years range: a more concentrated formula, suitable for temporary relief of pain and discomfort associated with teething, toothache, earache, headache, cold and flu symptoms, minor sprains and strains and sore throats. It also relieves fever, including fever caused by immunisation. 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 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?
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 on the label 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.
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 chewed before swallowing. Though Nurofen Soft Chews can be taken without water, your child should still take plenty of fluids to help manage their symptoms.
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.
Very young children can’t tell you when they’re in pain. Some signs to look for include:
- Crying, moaning and grimacing
- Changes to how they look, such as sweating, paleness or looking tired
- Becoming quiet and withdrawn or irritable
- Losing their appetite
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 persists, or your child is obviously unwell, it’s important to see a doctor. If you are concerned about your child for any reason, always see your doctor.