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.