Always use a 5ml spoon or dosage syringe provided with the medication – household spoons come in many sizes.
Follow the dosage instructions very carefully. Never give the medicine more frequently than recommended by your pharmacist or doctor.
- Give liquid medicines slowly to avoid choking.
- Never give a child a medicine without first consulting a pharmacist or doctor.
- Keep medicines out of the reach of children and out of sight if possible.
- Don’t give aspirin to children under 16, unless it is specifically prescribed by a doctor.
- Paracetamol – Make sure you have the right strength for your child. Check the correct dose for your child’s age, not size. Overdosing is dangerous, so ask your pharmacist for advice, and read the label carefully.
Ibuprofen – Ibuprofen can be given for pain and fever in children of three months and over who weigh more than 5kg (11lbs). Check the correct dose for your child’s age.
Most colds need no treatment. If your baby’s blocked nose is causing feeding difficulties, ask your pharmacist for saline drops or spray to clear their nostrils. Children over 3 months can be given paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve pain and lower temperature. Vapour rubs can be applied to children’s clothing to provide relief from a blocked nose from age 3 months upwards. Give your child regular drinks as poor feeding and fever can lead to dehydration.