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Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Special Report -

Parac­eta­mol can be safely used to help treat mild to moder­ate pain in in­fants over one month old as well as in chil­dren, ado­les­cents and adults. How­ever, if too much parac­eta­mol is given to a child for too long, it may have harm­ful ef­fects.

Ibupro­fen can be used for mild to moder­ate pain in chil­dren, ado­les­cents and adults. How­ever, it should not be used in chil­dren un­der three months of age or be given to chil­dren with bleed­ing dis­or­ders.

Parac­eta­mol can be given ev­ery four to six hours, with no more than four doses in 24 hours. If you need to give your child parac­eta­mol for longer than 48 hours, it is im­por­tant to see a doc­tor to find out the cause of your child’s pain or fever. Ibupro­fen can be given ev­ery six to eight hours, no more than three times a day.

Never give a young child as­pirin; it is linked to a rare but po­ten­tially fa­tal ill­ness known as Reye’s syn­drome.

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