What is Nurofen for Children aged 7 – 12?
Nurofen for Children is a pain relief medication designed for children aged 7 – 12. It’s twice the strength of other Nurofen for Children formulas, making it ideal for older children who need higher doses of pain relief than little ones, but don’t want to take more medicine. This product comes in delicious strawberry and orange flavours and includes a handy measuring spoon that will make getting the right dose a simple task.
Which aches and pains can this medicine be used for?
Nurofen for Children is an ideal remedy for lots of different aches and pains that children can experience every day. Some of the most popular reasons why parents choose Nurofen include:
- Muscular pain
- Dental pain
- Fever or high temperature
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Rheumatic pain
How will Nurofen for Children help to ease my child’s pain?
Nurofen for Children contains 200mg of the active ingredient ibuprofen in each 5ml of syrup. Ibuprofen is one of a group of medicines called NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), which means it helps to ease pain by changing how your body responds to it. This helps to reduce pain and inflammation, while also helping to bring down a fever or high temperature.
How to take this medicine
Before use, shake the bottle well. Measure out the correct amount of Nurofen for Children onto the measuring spoon provided and give to your child. Wash the spoon and replace the cap on the bottle after each use. The amount of medicine you will need to give them will differ depending on their age:
- Children aged 7 – 9: One 5ml dose up to 3 times a day. Leave at least 4 hours between each dose
- Children aged 10 – 12: One 7.5ml dose up to 3 times a day. Leave at least 4 hours between each dose
Can I give this product to my child if they’re taking other medications?
You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before giving Nurofen for Children to your child if they’re taking any other medication. This especially applies if your child is taking:
- Anticoagulants, also known as blood thinners, e.g. aspirin, warfarin
- Medicines to reduce high blood pressure, e.g. ACE-inhibitors, beta-blockers, etc.
- Other NSAIDs, including COX-2 inhibitors
- Digoxin, which is used to treat heart insufficiency
- Glucocorticoids, which contain cortisone or cortisone-like ingredients
- Anti-platelet medicines
- Phenytoin, which is used to treat epilepsy
- SSRIs, which are used for depression
- Lithium, which is used for depression
- Probenecid and sulfinpyrazones, which are used for gout
- Medicines for high blood pressure or water tablets
- Potassium sparing diuretics, e.g. amiloride
- Methotrexate, which is used to treat cancer
- Tacrolimus or cyclosporine, which are immunosuppressive medications
- Zidovudine, which is used to treat HIV or AIDs
- Sulfonylureas, which are used for diabetes
- Quinolone antibiotics
- Voriconazole or fluconazole, which are used for fungal infections
Can I give Nurofen to my child if they’re also taking Calpol?
Calpol products usually contain paracetamol, while Nurofen for Children contains ibuprofen. As these products use different active ingredients, your child may be able to take them together. However, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before giving this combination of medicines to your child, as it may not be suitable for them.
Can adults take Nurofen for Children?
Adults can take Nurofen for Children, but a remedy designed for adults may be more suitable for you. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist and only take this product if they give you the go ahead. Read the patient information leaflet included with this product carefully before use as there are additional warnings that adults should consider.
When should this product not be used?
This Nurofen for Children product is not suitable for children who are younger than 7 or weigh less than 20kg (3.14 stones/44 pounds). Do not give this product to your child if they are allergic to ibuprofen, any other NSAID painkillers (e.g. aspirin), or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not give this product to your child if they have:
- Ever suffered with shortness of breath, asthma, a runny nose, swelling of the face and/or hands or hives after using aspirin oy any similar painkillers
- Gastrointestinal bleeding or perforation related to the use of NSAID painkillers
- Recurrent stomach/duodenal ulcers or bleeding
- Severe liver or kidney failure
- Severe heart failure
- Bleeding of the brain or other active bleeding
- Unclarified blood-formation disturbances
- Severe dehydration
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if your child:
- Has hereditary blood formation disorders
- Suffers from coagulation disturbances
- Has skin diseases, e.g. systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE, mixed connective tissue disease
- Has or has ever had high blood pressure or heart failure
- Has reduced kidney function
- Has liver disorders
- Is taking any medications which could increase the risk of ulceration or bleeding e.g. oral corticosteroids, blood thinners, SSRIs, aspirin, etc.
- Is taking any other NSAID, e.g. COX-2 inhibitors such as celecoxib
- Has ever has asthma or allergic diseases
- Has hayfever, nasal polyps, or chronic obstructive respiratory disorders
- Have just had major surgery
- Is dehydrated
Does Nurofen for Children have any side effects?
Like all medications, Nurofen for children can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If your child experiences any of the following symptoms, stop use and seek immediate medical help:
- Intestinal bleeding, showing symptoms such as severe abdomen (tummy) pain, black tarry stools, vomiting blood or dark particles which look like coffee grounds
- Symptoms of severe allergic reaction, e.g. worsening of asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath, swelling of the face, throat, or tongue, difficulty breathing, racing heart, drop in blood pressure leading to shock
- Severe skin reactions, e.g. rashes covering the whole body, peeling, flaking, blistering
- A severe skin reaction called DRESS, showing symptoms including skin rash, fever, swelling of lymph nodes, increase of eosinophils (a type of white blood cells)
Other side effects include:
- Stomach and intestinal complaints, e.g. acid burn, stomach pain, nausea, indigestion, diarrhoea, vomiting, flatulence, constipation, slight blood losses in stomach and/or bowel which may cause anaemia
- Gastrointestinal ulcers, perforation or bleeding, inflammation in the mouth with ulceration, worsening of existing bowel disease, such as colitis or Crohn’s disease, gastritis
- Headache, dizziness, sleeplessness, agitation, irritability, tiredness
- Visual disturbances
- Skin rashes
- Hives and itching
For a complete list of potential side effects of this product, please see the patient information leaflet included with this product. If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For more information about the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Once opened use within 6 months. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
Each ml oral suspension contains 40 mg ibuprofen Each 5 ml measuring spoon of oral suspension contains 200 mg ibuprofen. Each 2.5ml measuring spoon of oral suspension contains 100 mg ibuprofen.
The other ingredients are: polysorbate 80, glycerol, maltitol liquid, saccharin sodium, citric acid monohydrate, sodium citrate, xanthan gum, sodium chloride, orange flavour (containing wheat starch) or strawberry flavour, domiphen bromide and purified water
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