Medicines and Your Baby
It is important to only give babies medicines which are safe for their age and weight, and to follow dosage instructions closely…
Thankfully, most common baby illnesses get better without medicines and actually strengthen your baby’s immune system. However, sometimes your baby may need a little extra help in the form of prescribed or over-the-counter medicines.
Paracetamol or Ibuprofen
If your baby has mild pain or is feverish, paracetamol or ibuprofen in liquid form may be suitable. Some paracetamol medicines are suitable from two months and some ibuprofen from three months. Always check with your pharmacist that a medicine is suitable for your baby’s age and weight.
Products containing ibuprofen or paracetamol, like all medicines, should not be used long term without a proper diagnosis. If your baby’s symptoms do not settle within 24 hours, consult your GP.
As with all medicines, it is important that you do not exceed the recommended dosage. Use the dosage measurer provided, rather than a spoon for example. You may find it helpful to note down the time of each dose so that you can keep track.
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