Ibuprofen is a pain relief medicine that can be used to soothe your little one when they’re dealing with the everyday aches and pains that make us all uncomfortable.
It’s perfect for easing headaches, earaches, toothaches, and much more, helping your little one to feel better fast.
Ibuprofen is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), which means that it won’t just ease your child’s pain, but it can help to reduce inflammation and bring down high temperatures too.
This makes it perfect for kids who need help managing symptoms of cold and flu, or for managing pain and inflammation caused by sprains or strains, ideal for kids who get bumped and bruised while playing.
Ibuprofen is available under its generic name or in popular brands like Nurofen and Calprofen, which is made by the same manufacturers as the popular pain relief medication, Calpol.
The maximum dosage of ibuprofen that you can safely give to your child will differ depending on your child’s age and, with younger children, their weight.
If you’re using liquid ibuprofen with 100mg in 5ml of liquid to treat pain and fever in your little one, you should usually use the following doses:
Each ibuprofen product can contain different amounts of ibuprofen, so be sure to read the patient information leaflet contained with your product to make sure you’re giving your child the right dose.
If you’re ever unsure about whether you should give your child ibuprofen or how much you should give, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Babies over the age of 3 months can take ibuprofen as long as they weigh more than 5kg which is the same as 11lbs.
You should speak to your doctor, pharmacist, health visitor, or another medical professional before giving your child ibuprofen, so you can be sure it’s the best and safest possible choice for them.
If you’re ever unsure about any medication you’re giving your child, your doctor, pharmacist, or another medical professional should always be your first port of call.
When your child is in pain it may be difficult to choose the best medicine to ease their symptoms, especially when choosing between similar remedies like paracetamol and ibuprofen.
As a rule of thumb, we’d advise that paracetamol is the best way to relieve most kinds of pain, including stomach ache and headaches.
However, if your child’s pain is accompanied by swelling or inflammation, such as during teething, ibuprofen would be the most suitable way to ease their symptoms.
If you’re ever unsure which medicine is right for your child, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.