If your child has a fever (high temperature) you may wish to give paracetamol or ibuprofen. These medicines can reduce body temperature and help your child feel more comfortable. Do not give paracetamol and ibuprofen together, unless you are told to by your child’s doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Medicines experts have published a report in the British Medical Journal about the doses (amount of medicine) of penicillin in children. Penicillin has been a common antibiotic medicine to treat bacterial infections for more than 50 years. The doses have been based on the age of the child, rather than on the weight of the child.
A new website and expanding information service for parents called Medicines for Children is launched today to help any parent who has ever been anxious when faced with giving medicine to their child at home.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the government agency responsible to make sure medicines work and are acceptably safe, has issued revised dosing instructions for healthcare professionals on liquid paracetamol.