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How long can I give Calpol for?

(5 Posts)

I have nearly 18 month old twins and they (and us) have all got a nasty cold. Shivering, achey just generally yuck. I have been alternating between 5ml of Calpol and 5ml of Nurofen since Friday. They are whingy and unsettled during the day and have woken a couple of times at night very hot to touch and with fever. I strip them down to vests. Should I take them to the GP or should I just carry on with what I am doing?

For some reason when your DC are ill you lose all logic and can't even make simple decisions. I also don't want to keep giving them so much medicine.

they normally say to consult a GP if symptoms persist for more than 3 days

Sneezecakesmum Mon 24-Mar-14 20:42:12

If they are perking up and obviously turning the corner by the 3rd day I wouldn't bother with the gp unless they start to go downhill again. You ca give calpol and brufen longer than the 3 days if it's needed.

I agree sick children panic you but common sense as above ^^ is what's needed!

Thanks for the replies. They woke up this morning and are back to normal, full of smiles and running all over the place.

Me and DH still feel awful though.

Sneezecakesmum Tue 25-Mar-14 13:30:29

Welcome to parenthood neversleep grin

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