When your child is sick and has temperatures, teething or headaches etc what do you use? Panadol or Nurofen for children/babies?


Posted by kjgarner, 20th October 2015


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  • I’ve always been led to believe Panadol is more gentle on stomachs. But I think nurofen is more effective on certain pain causes


  • For my kids I always grab Panadol first as I think it gentler and for me I grab nurofen as I normally need an anti-inflammatory


  • I don’t mind either! As long as I’m hammering the entire packet in one night and going into a severe coma I’m not fussed!


  • Nurofen. Bub likes the taste and it lasts longer


  • As a first instance – after other non-medicine options are exhausted- We use Dymadon (Orange taste preferred by our kids) and this tends to work for most instances, but for high temperatures (39 plus) the only thing that has worked for our youngest is Nurofen (but with milk or food at least). It was also better for muscle strains/etc. We were told by a Doctor and given a fact sheet from a Melbourne Children’s hospital recently saying that children can apparently cope with higher temperatures than adults ( not young babies though)… and 38 is quite okay, so medicating is really only to make them comfortable particularly if it from teething – not infection.
    After using Nurofen a few times in a row, we try to use something soothing for the little tummy, such as Infants friend. Also – when it says 3-4 times per day – it means a 24 hour period…so 6-8 hourly.


  • I use panadol but if no relief move to nurofen :)


  • I find Nurofen acts faster and it does say some people may not be able to take Nurofen due to a certain ingredient . I would check with the pharmacist as well to make sure .


  • Panadol first and then if needed I give nurofen too.


  • I’ve used both and don’t have a problem with either. They both do the job and as long as you stick to the recommended dose, you shouldn’t have any problems either


  • panadol is made for use from one month old. the doctors do recommend this a lot more. nurofen is fine too though. Make sure you get the syringe applicator as it makes giving kids medicine really easy.


  • Panadol made my daughter vomit, we had to use Nurofen. I think whatever works for the individual is best


  • Am liking the sound of Panadol


  • Nurofen has always been our go to when any of our kids have had temps ect. For us it is what has always worked best


  • Panadol is safer to use regardless of age. Nurofen can have side effects, including irritating baby’s or any age stomach including adults. If using Nurofenor anybody you must make sure they eat food and don’t vomit at all.


  • Thanks its really interesting reading all the comments!


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