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Or are they in need of pain relief? Whatever their symptoms, we have a wide selection of medicines that work to cool down their body temperature and to soothe their pains, so they’ll be back to their usual selves in no time.
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What temperature is a fever?
Normal body temperature is 37°C (98.6°F), however, this can change slightly throughout the day by +/- 0.6°C (1°F).
A high temperature, or a fever, is typically considered to be 38°C (100.4°F) or above.
The best way to check whether you have a fever is by using a digital thermometer, but you may show symptoms such as shivering (chills), sweating, or skin that is hotter than usual on your chest or back.
How much paracetamol is in Calpol?
Paracetamol is the active ingredient in most Calpol products and the amount of paracetamol differs from product to product.
Typically, the Calpol Infant products, which are suitable for children aged 2 months and older, contain 120mg of paracetamol per 5ml of medicine.
The Calpol Six Plus range typically contains 250ml of paracetamol per 5ml of medicine or 250mg of paracetamol in each Fastmelt tablet.
Of course, this may differ from product to product or if the manufacturer of Calpol makes any changes, so be sure to speak to your doctor or pharmacist or read the patient information leaflet that comes with Calpol products carefully before you give any to your child.
Can children take ibuprofen?
Most children can take ibuprofen, but it’s important to consider their age when deciding the formula to take.
From the age of 3 months your child can take ibuprofen in a liquid form; tablets, capsules and chewables are suitable from the age of 7, and granules from the age of 12.
Ibuprofen isn’t suitable for all children, so check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving ibuprofen to your child.
How does paracetamol work?
Scientists believe that paracetamol works by blocking the chemical messengers in your body that tell your brain you’re in pain.
This also helps to block the messengers that cause fever, reducing both symptoms at the same time.