Childrens Pain

When pain strikes your child…Make sure you know how to make them feel better, fast

Earaches, sore throats, teething, toothache, colds and flu… whatever the pain, whenever it strikes, you need to act fast to soothe their troubles. That means having the right painkillers that are suitable for children to hand. Here's a guide to the best children's painkillers and doses, and you can also ask your pharmacy team for more advice… we'll be happy to help.

Choosing the right painkiller

Paracetamol and ibuprofen are the most common painkillers used to treat children's pain and fevers (high temperatures). They come in different strengths and forms, such as liquids and dissolvable tablets, depending on the age of your child.

Changes in paracetamol dosages

Paracetamol dosages for products such as Calpol* were originally based on three age groups. To give more accurate dosing, these dosages are now based on narrower age bands as follows:

Infant Paracetamol (120mg/5ml)
Age Range

3 months to 6 months

2.5ml up to four times a day

6 months to 24 months

5ml up to four times a day

2 years to 4 years

7.5ml up to four times a day

4 years to 6 years

10ml up to four times a day

Six years plus Paracetamol Supsension (250mg/5ml)
Age Range

6 years to 8 years

5ml up to four times a day

8 years to 10 years

7.5ml up to four times a day

10 years to 12 years

10ml up to four times a day

If you have any concerns about your child and their symptoms please speak to your pharmacy team or GP. *Always read the label.

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