Children may develop illnesses or sustain injuries which result in pain. While there are a number of products on the market which are designed to provide pain relief, it is important to choose one which is suitable for children and administer it in safe doses.
While older children will usually inform parents and caretakers of their pain, younger children may manifest their pain by screaming and crying, pulling their face, becoming withdrawn or quiet, or declining to move. They might also display changes in both eating and sleeping patterns.
If attempts to relieve the child’s pain through comforting them aren’t working, you may want to provide them with pain reliever medications. The two most common products are ibuprofen and paracetamol. Ibuprofen is ideal for situations where the child has moderate discomfort, but should not be administered to those that are three months of age or younger. Additionally, ibuprofen should not be administered to kids who have bleeding disorders.
Paracetamol is also useful for mild pain, particularly for babies that are under one month old. However, it must be given in smaller doses or it could cause harm. Aspirin should never be given to any child that is under twelve years of age unless a doctor advises it, since it can lead to a rare yet dangerous condition named Reyes Syndrome.
It is also important to bear in mind that while ibuprofen and paracetamol might alleviate the pain that your child is suffering from, it may not address the underlying cause. Therefore, if the child continues to exhibit pain after three hours has passed, it is best to take them to a doctor. Both medications will make it easier for a child to sleep if they have developed a sore throat, broken bones, sore stomach or an ear infection.
The dose you provide is extremely important. Paracetamol comes in three strengths, which are for babies, young children and older children. McDaid Pharmacy sells them under various brand names which include Dymadon, Panamax and Panadol. Do not give a baby paracetamol if they are already taking another medication that has it, and paracetamol should be administered once every four hours but limited to four times a day.
Ibuprofen comes in the same three strengths as paracetamol (babies, young children and older children) and may appear under brands such as Brufen, Advil, Nurofen or Dimetapp. Its’ doses can be given once every six hours but limited to three times a day.
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