To ask how often you give your baby paracetamol?

(82 Posts)
Bumpandkind Wed 22-Jan-14 21:53:46

I've got a teething 7 month old and usually give chamomilla granules. However I give calpol when it seems worse but this feels like a slippery slope as it works so well! A friend of mine is constantly 'calpoling' her baby with no ill effects and another would only consider giving it if hers had a fever.

I'm curious about what other MNs do.

Fantail Fri 24-Jan-14 04:44:21

DD was a terrible teether and felt the pain of he tooth coming though acutely. She had Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for stretches of 4 nights at times, sometimes twice a night.

I did worry and checked with our GP who reassured me it was OK.

Onefewernow Thu 23-Jan-14 23:10:33

Smuggler, I think your approach is sensible- ie to use it to lower temperature but never as a sleep aid.

Paracetamol has its uses but it is a drug. I am not kidding, actually. Happily my kids weren't raised on it.

CromeYellow Thu 23-Jan-14 21:53:41

Only when in pain with teething, I think they build up a tolerance to it, I used to notice that when dd really needed it, first time it would work quickly but if I had to keep giving it to her for a few days it seemed to become less effective.

CrohnicallyFarting Thu 23-Jan-14 21:34:35

The doses on the bottle err on the side of caution- hence why I was told to give dd just over double the age-related dose when she was ill (dose by age, 4 months =2.5ml. Dose by weight was 5.5ml. According to the bottle, dose is 5ml up until age 2)

Ir's probably done by age rather than weight because most people don't know their child's weight once they're out of the baby stage. I only know that DS (5 years) weighs 20kg because he jumped on the scales the other day when we were weighing suitcases. We don't have bathroom scales and even if we did I don't think it's something I'd know offhand - it's not something you want to make a child do when they're feeling ill. It's more realistic (and hence more likely to be used safely) to do it by age.

It's not THAT easy to overdose on paracetamol. Certainly, slightly going over the stated dose is not a cause for concern. Plus I reckon the age doses are probably erring on the side of caution.

This is third hand, but when DS was about 1 one of the other people from my NCT group had an incident where she found her DS with a bottle of calpol and wasn't sure whether he'd managed to drink any or not. She phoned NHS Direct and they told her not to worry as apparently children don't process paracetamol in the same way and they don't overdose on it as easily. Plus, the bottles are small enough to only contain a small number of doses. (This was in the context of the child not actually having any calpol visible in or around his mouth or being able to smell it and no symptoms either, so I don't know whether the information was more based on this.)

bumbleymummy Thu 23-Jan-14 17:00:19

Just in case anyone is worrying about febrile convulsions. Convulsions are caused by a quick rise in temperature - not necessarily a high temperature. They usually come completely out of the blue - they've had one before you realise they're ill. The NICE guidelines do not advise giving it to try to prevent convulsions or simply to bring a fever down - only if the child is in discomfort.

Iirc there was a study that showed giving paracetamol during CP led to an increase in the time taken for the spots to crust over.

ikeaismylocal Thu 23-Jan-14 13:45:39

On average probably once every 2 weeks, sometimes I give it for teething, a couple of times ds has had a fever lasting 2-3 days, then I have given it throughout the day.

There was a recent Swedish study that showed paracetamol use in pregnancy and young children can damage their brain. It was a mouse study so not necessarily correct.

JRmumma Thu 23-Jan-14 12:09:04

DS is 5 months and im half way through my second bottle of Calpol already. He has had 2 bouts of bronchilitis and pneumonia for 2 weeks with a v high temp so we needed to use it quite a bit. He also had regular doses in hospital so has had more on top of the Calpol we have given.

I don't like to give it and haven't done so outside of those times of illness when he was obviously in discomfort or pain, but he has had quite alot i think for his age.

I don't use Nurofen at all, as regular use of ibuprofen to treat hangovers when i was a student damaged my insides so I'm not keen on using it at all while he is so young. I know that is a bit irrational as id never use it on him to the extent that I did back then but it does make me wary of it as he already has quite a sensitive tummy.

ShadowFall Thu 23-Jan-14 12:04:26

curlew - your point about babies loving homeopathic powders because they are made of sugar has just reminded me about something:

DS1 spent his first 3.5 weeks in the hospital neo-natal ward because he was premature, and he had to have his blood taken for testing a couple of times.

Before they took the blood, they gave him a small amount of a sugar solution from a syringe (they let me taste some of it and it wasn't anywhere near as sweet as a smartie) - the doctor said that they were giving DS1 the sugar solution because it worked as a painkiller for tiny babies.

No idea if this pain reducing effect of sugar works for bigger babies though.

Oriunda Thu 23-Jan-14 12:02:26

Just to clarify, I said meds when he had croup, not nurofen. Apologies for not specifying. I give nurofen for teething as is more effective. When he has a temperature not related to teething then I give calpol. Of course I wouldn't do anything to make his wheezing worse, and took advice from the doctor. Curlew, he was burning up when he had croup, so again on the doctor's advice, I gave calpol.

curlew Thu 23-Jan-14 11:58:24

Ah, I see. I don't see the point of bringing down a temperature in most circumstances, so that's why I didn't use it.

NomenOmen Thu 23-Jan-14 11:48:58

My DD pretty much refuses to take Calpol or Nurofen, so in her life (she's 5) she's probably taken it about 4 times (and then only a half dose, as she tends to spit it out hmm. Helpful.).

However, a little girl I used to babysit for when I was a student used to ask me to give her Calpol when she was feeling sad. I think she associated it with 'feeling better,' so if she was missing her mummy or just in a grumpy mood, she'd ask "Me Calpol?" grin

ChrisTheSheep Thu 23-Jan-14 11:48:12

DS often had a temperature when he had croup: the calpol doesn't admittedly do anything for the narrowing of the airways, but it did help take his temperature down. When he was really bad (and a lot smaller) the only things which really helped were steroids, but now he's on the verge of growing out of it, and calming, cool air etc tend to settle the wheezing while calpol sorts out any temperature/pain.

Not as much as I used to but that's purely because neither of them are teething anymore and they don't seem to have been ill for a long time. <touches wood>

At one point though I was going to rename them the Calpol Junkies.

curlew Thu 23-Jan-14 11:39:31

I never gave mine either for croup-what is it supposed to help with?

ChrisTheSheep Thu 23-Jan-14 11:38:21

Curlew, I have to say I agree. Do you know Tim Minchin's medicine poem?

ChrisTheSheep Thu 23-Jan-14 11:37:30

Oriunda, my DS has croup a lot too, and the doctor advised me to give him calpol for that rather than ibuprofen: apparently ibuprofen can exacerbate the wheeziness. I didn't realise that before she told me, but the hospital corroborated too.

curlew Thu 23-Jan-14 11:32:17

Just remember that the reason they tend to love the homeopathic powders and that they appear to work is that they are made of sugar! A smartie would work just as well and be much cheaper.......

Lambsie Thu 23-Jan-14 11:31:38

I give it whenever my son appears to be in a lot of pain. A long standing ear infection has meant calpol/ibuprofen being given up to 7 times a day (only getting the max safe dose of each) for the last 6 weeks. GP is fine with this. He didn't have very much as a baby but he never needed it. I've never given it for fever alone though.

Slebmum Thu 23-Jan-14 11:27:48

Whenever they need it, and piggyback it with Nurofen if needed too. If I had a pain I wouldn't chew on some sugar crystals!

Oriunda Thu 23-Jan-14 11:26:16

DS loves the chamomile granules so he will have one of those during the day. If he has been particularly miserable I will give him a dose of Nurofen (better for teething) at bedtime but not during day.

Distraction/cuddles/granules are fine for daytime but at night I want him to have a good sleep.

As for accidental overdosing, well if DS is ill (eg when he had croup and we regularly needed to dose him) any meds get noted on my Total Baby app so it's really impossible for us to give him too much.

PennyJennyPie Thu 23-Jan-14 11:24:25

DS is 6.5 months. We have a bottle of Calpol but I haven't opened it. To be fair, no teeth and no sickness either.

PennyJennyPie Thu 23-Jan-14 11:24:24

DS is 6.5 months. We have a bottle of Calpol but I haven't opened it. To be fair, no teeth and no sickness either.

PennyJennyPie Thu 23-Jan-14 11:23:32

DS is 6.5 months. We have a bottle of Calpol but I haven't opened it. To be fair, no teeth and no sickness either.

ShadowFall Thu 23-Jan-14 10:42:07

I only give DS's calpol if they seem to be in pain or if we need to bring a fever down.

Although, at least as far as DS1 is concerned, ibuprofen works better at reducing his temperature.

I prefer not to use it if possible because I worry about accidental overdoses (particularly as the dosing advice on the bottle goes by age rather than weight) or side-effects.

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