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Ibuprofen for children

Ibuprofen is found in the PoorlyBoo Box as it is one of the most essential medications you will need for your child. What I have discovered since having children, is that many new parents aren’t aware of what mediations can be used for their children and for what, so I have put together a little information sheet about Ibuprofen to help new parents understand how to use it best with their children.

The NHS website https://www.nhs.uk is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to know more about medications and how they are used and prescribed. Most of the information here is extracted from the NHS website.

 What is ibuprofen? Ibuprofen is a common painkiller widely used for childhood ailments such as cold symptoms, teething and toothaches. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and it works by reducing pain and swelling in the body.

Ibuprofen may be given to children aged three months or over who weigh at least 5kg (11lbs). Ibuprofen is called by different brand names, including Nurofen for Children, Calprofen and Brufen.

Key facts about ibuprofen? Your child should start feeling better within 20-30 minutes after taking ibuprofen. It is always best to give the medication to your child on a full stomach, so just after mealtimes is best.

Can everyone take ibuprofen? Ibuprofen isn’t suitable for some children, and it is always best to check in with your doctor if you are unsure about whether it is suitable for your child. Children who suffer with asthma should not take ibuprofen. Children who have chicken pox should not take ibuprofen either as it could cause skin reactions, and children who have Chron’s disease or ulcerative colitis should not take ibuprofen as it could upset the bowel even more.

Can I give ibuprofen with other painkillers? The only safe painkiller to give to children alongside ibuprofen is paracetamol (such as Calpol).  It is important to jot down what medication you have given to your child and when, so when it comes to the next dose, you can decide if they should have the same medication or alternate it.

Ibuprofen doesn’t mix well with some prescription medicines. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving any other medicines to your child.

Are there any side effects of ibuprofen? There are a few known side effects of this over the counter medication. Stomach pain, indigestion, and heartburn are a few side effects, however, these symptoms are found in about 1 in 100 children. If your child is experiencing these side effects, it is best to make an appointment to see your GP.

It is always best practice to talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you want any more information about ibuprofen.