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Parents advised not to use unlicensed children's herbal medicine

9 August 2012

A herbal medicine sold by Holland and Barrett for children and young people is being taken off shelves. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has asked Holland and Barrett to stop selling the product because there are concerns that it may not be suitable for use in children and adolescents and may cause unwanted side effects.

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When can you start giving your child tablets and capsules?

14 May 2012

Tablets and capsules are less messy than liquids, easier to carry and often last longer.

Children as young as 4 years old may have the ability to swallow small tablets and capsules as long as appropriate doses (amounts) are available for them. 

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Fever: what medicines are safe?

2 March 2012

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.

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Medicines three times a day

16 February 2012

If your child is prescribed a medicine to be taken three times a day, you may wonder if they need to take it to school. But this is not usually needed.