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Medicines for Babies and Children

Medication is not always necessary for mild diseases such as cough or colds.

If your child needs medicines, it’s important that they have one that’s right for their age and you know how to give it to them safely.

Paracetamol And Ibuprofen For Babies


Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are used to heal pain and fever for infants. Both drugs are available in liquid form for infants.

You should choose the sugar-free Version. Sugary drugs can damage your child’s teeth.

Make sure you get the suitable strength for your child’s age and check the label carefully for the correct dose. If not, please contact your pharmacist.

It is a good idea to store one or two medicines in a safe place at home and keep away from your child to achieve this.

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What Is The Right Age To Give My Baby Paracetamol Or Ibuprofen?

You can give babies older than two months, Paracetamol for pain and fever.

In the case of Ibuprofen, it can be administered to children more than 3 months weighing over 5 kg.

If your child has Asthma, consult your doctor or pharmacist before giving Ibuprofen.

Don’t ever give aspirin to children under 16, except if it’s prescribed by a doctor because it’s been linked with a rare but dangerous illness called Reye’s syndrome.

If you are breast-feeding, consult a doctor, midwife or general practitioner before taking Aspirin.

Antibiotics for Children

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Normally children don’t need antibiotics. the majority of infections in kids are caused by viruses. Antibiotics can treat diseases caused by bacteria and viruses.

If your child is taking antibiotics for bacterial infections, it may feel better after 2-3 days. However, it is important to always complete the entire journey to ensure that all bacteria are eliminated.

In case you don’t finish the treatment as indicated, the infection probably will come back; it also increases the risk of the bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics always.

Antibiotics are most effective when used regularly and as advised. If you give it to your child at a specific same time every day, you can remember it better.

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Side Effects Of Medicines

  • The package leaflet accompanying the medicinal product shows that there is an adverse effect.
  • If you think your child is reacting badly to medicine like if he has a rash or diarrhea, talk with your GP, health visitor or pharmacist. You can call NHS 111 in the evening or at weekends.
  • If you want, you can report side effects via the yellow card.
  • Always keep a note of the medicine’s name in your child’s red book for any future reference.

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Children’s Medicine Safety Tips

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  • Pay attention always to the expiry date, if you have any medicines at home that are out of date or that your kid no longer needs them, take them to your pharmacist to get rid of them for safety.
  • Please do not pass on child medicine to third parties.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Talk to your pharmacist about the registration of medicinal products. Some of them should be stored in the refrigerator or in direct sunlight.

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