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It’s really important for me to make sure my little one gets the correct amount of pain relief every time. Any hints or steps I can take?

Posted anonymously, 9th August 2016

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  • I simply used the droppers that come with the pain killers. I never had a problem

  • We found syringes were far more accurate when the kids were young (compared to measuring cups, spoons etc).

  • The right dose is on the bottle. It’s important not to exceed the advised amount as it has to do with the amount of medication per kg body weight. It is always a good idea to read the side symptoms as well.

  • Get a measuring syringe and clearly marked measuring cup. If you’re careful, they’ll do the job.

  • Check on the back of the packet of Nurofen or Panadol.

  • I find the dispenser syringes that come with nurofen the most accurate and easiest to use. The mls indicator is very clear and it’s not messy as it twists into the top of the bottle – hold it upside down and pull on syringe. Any extra can be squirted back in. And it has 2 or 3 tips on the top of the syringe which makes it so much easier for giving to a child who is reluctant to take medicine. If you can get their lips open just enough to get the tip in – then the 3 different points squirt the liquid into their cheeks as well as towards the throat. Less spitting up! My tips would be to have your child weighed semi regularly. Maybe every few months. What ever brand of medicine you give your child will indicate dosage for age and weight. I find weight more accurate than age. If your not sure and anxious about the dosage amounts, then I would go by the lightest weight mls. I would rather under dose than overdose. And when I’ve underdose done, it’s easier to add a little more later on. With every child being different – age is the least accurate way to measure dose. Most medication bottles will indicate a certain range for age and weight. For example it may say if * years old and weighs * then dose is 3-4mls. This range accounts for age and weight difference. I’d go for the lesser number then increase if needed. For example I have twins. When they were 2 and teething my girl weighed 13kgs whereas my boy only weighed 7kgs. If I measured by age then it would’ve been very dangerous. My tip is measure dose by weight and it’s always better to not give enough and top up later than to give too much first.

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