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calpol and nurofen, can you use both together?

(33 Posts)
bensmum3 Wed 23-Feb-05 20:45:55

Hi,
Ds is 19 months and has a temp of 40 oC, nearly all day despite 4 hourly calpol, a friend has given me nurofen, can I use it sooner than 4 hours ?, I know it's ok with adults, but ds has only had calpol a couple of times before.

jessicasmummy Wed 23-Feb-05 20:46:42

ive heard you can give calpol 2 hrs after nurofen and then nurofen 2 hours after that - ifykwim!

Yes you can.

sallystrawberry Wed 23-Feb-05 20:47:45

avoid it if hes asthmatic though, it can make it worse.

Elf Wed 23-Feb-05 20:48:08

I agree with Jessicasmummy.

You can give them at the same time if you want. I always think is better to do what jessicasmummy says though and give them staggered.

As long as you follow the dosage instructions on each bottle you will be fine.

Nurofen much better at bringing down temps IME

Hope he is better soon xx

KristinaM Wed 23-Feb-05 20:48:29

Bens mum - sorry to hear your lo is so poorly. have you tried the ice lolly in a tepid bath treatment? In addition to the drugs i mean

happymerryberries Wed 23-Feb-05 20:49:18

YOu can, but ibuprofen (neurofen) should not be used if you have asthma

jellyhead Wed 23-Feb-05 20:50:37

You can give them together or 'space' the dosages to maximise effect eg calpol then 2 hours later nurofen so nurofen is still working when calpol effect wearing off.
Hope your ds is better soon.

Chandra Wed 23-Feb-05 20:53:00

Jessica's mummy is right, I believe it's better to alternate dosis rather than give them at the same time as if the fever doesn't go completely you will need to wait a long time before the next dose. If she is awake, what about a bath with tepid water, if you leave her in a warm bath for 20minutes, the temperature should go down. Have you ring NHS Direct? (www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk) I believe that for such high fever they ask you to contact them as there's a risk of a convulsion (sp?)

happymerryberries Wed 23-Feb-05 20:55:25

Spacing them gives you more 'action' for lomger, so go dont get a single big peak and then a trough, IYSWIM. I have always found tepid sponging to help.

wordsmith Wed 23-Feb-05 20:56:13

Calpol then 2 hrs later Nurofen then 2 hrs later Calpol. This was advice given to me by a paediatric nurse. Try cool flannels and tepid baths too. Hope DS is better soon.

bensmum3 Wed 23-Feb-05 20:56:18

That's great, his last calpol was 1 hour ago, so I'll wait another hour then give the nurofen, he's just in pj's as we have no central heating and i'm wiping him with a damp cloth every now and then, I think the house is too cold for the ice lolly bath, but thankyou for the tip anyway.

KristinaM Wed 23-Feb-05 21:01:06

Sorry didnt explain it well! You put the child in the bath - the water shoudl be a little cooler than normal but not a lot or they will scream. Then you reward them with an ice lolly. As the water cools it should reduce their temperature. Its just like sponging them except they like it better.You only take them out when they are complaining of the cold - try to distract them for as long as possible.

Its good of your house is cold.

Slinky Wed 23-Feb-05 21:13:32

Yes you can - I'm currently doing it with DD2. I'm alternating the doses rather than giving all in one go so as to maximise the effect.

Have to say, memory is awful so have been asking DD2 "which one did you have last time - the pink one or the white one?" - also on antibiotics for 2 weeks as well as a Multi-vitamin syrup

marj Wed 23-Feb-05 21:59:45

If you can, try to give nurofen with or just after food or with some milk. Giving it on any empty stomach can aggravate the stomach lining causing pain.
If the temp persists at 40 I would think about getting him seen though. Hope he is feeling a bit better.

Twiglett Wed 23-Feb-05 22:03:36

ibuprofen (nurofen) brings down a temp, paracetomal (calpol) just stabilises it

you can give both together by alternating but remember that the nurofen is every 6 hours and the calpol every 4 ..

I had to take DD to hospital with high temp when 6 months, they gave her calpol only 40 mins after I'd given nurofen .. so don't think it will matter too much

hope he's better soon

Millie1 Wed 23-Feb-05 22:18:28

Twiglett - is Nurofen not every 8 hrs? Might be wrong but dif is an additional dose in 24 hrs so best check.

Twiglett Wed 23-Feb-05 22:19:10

used to be every 6 for DS (haven't really checked for DD cos she didn't need it regularly) .. might have changed it???

SleepyJess Wed 23-Feb-05 22:19:49

Yep ibuprofen is every 8 hours. Paracetamol every 4 (Calpol etc) but no more than 4 doses in 24 hours.

SJ x

Clayhead Wed 23-Feb-05 22:20:46

I think Nurofen every 8 hours too - 3 doses per day

Calpol, 4 doses per day, every 6 hours, I think

Clayhead Wed 23-Feb-05 22:21:30

Too slow!

Yes, 4 doses of Calpol a day, I was thinking every 6 hours as that is how I've done it to maximise the benefit...

Twiglett Wed 23-Feb-05 22:21:51

they've changed in last 3 years then .. sorry

Clayhead Wed 23-Feb-05 22:24:33

When dd had a 40oC temperature I did

midnight - Paracetamol
3:00 - Brufen
6:00 - Paracetamol
10:00 - Brufen
14:00 - Paracetamol
18:00 - Brufen
21:00- Paracetamol

or something similar, to give her as much relief as possible.

Clayhead Wed 23-Feb-05 22:25:26

Twiglett - different brands of Brufen I have bought have different doses (some smaller but more in one day IYSWIM), might be that.

Slinky Wed 23-Feb-05 22:37:28

Currently doing this with DD2

7am - Calpol
11am - Nurofen
3pm - Calpol
7pm - Nurofen

Last night, she didn't wake overnight - but if she does, then I will give her whatever she didn't have when she went to bed.

glenncoco Sat 05-Jul-08 15:54:34

hi my mum is really sick and the doctor came and gave her an injection for vomiting but the doctor said she cant take nurofen or anything like that on an empty stomach and my mums not able 2 eat do you think she could take 1 for her pain in her head?? please someone have an answer for me asap

christywhisty Sat 05-Jul-08 16:54:46

glenncoco you can get paracetamol suppositories , however they are really expensive.
Both my 2 have febrile convulsions and the hospital worked out the dosage by weight and were told 4 hourly for calpol and 8 hours for nuerofen.

glenncoco Sun 06-Jul-08 15:53:16

ok tanks for your help christywhisty . i gave my mam 1 nurofen and it worked and then she was able 2 take 1 more later wen she drank sum flat 7up and finally a dry crackergrin .

Mumsnut Tue 08-Jul-08 12:50:06

I was just about to post about Nurofen for toddlers. Bottle says '2.5ml dose 3 to 4 times a day': but does this mean during the actual day (ie, 12 hrs roughly) or over 24hrs?

I think the former, becasue for immunisation effects in young babies they talk about a 24hr period - why use a different expression unless the measure is meant to be different??

Also: 3 to 4 doses in a 12 hr period would square with what other posters have been told about staggering calpol and nurofen so that one is administered every two hrs.

Do I make sense <had no sleep emoticon>?

bruxeur Tue 08-Jul-08 14:37:28

Ibuprofen (=nurofen) is three doses in 24 hours - don't go above this unless someone has prescribed it.

Paracetamol (=calpol) is 4 doses in 24 hours.

So you can have, for example,

Calpol 8am, 1pm, 6pm, 10pm

Nurofen 10am, 3pm, 8pm

Or alter appropriately. If you think they'll need something at night, hold back a dose or two.

The every two hours advice is to get you/them through a rough patch, and does NOT override the daily maximums.

Kewcumber Tue 08-Jul-08 14:40:41

I alternate capol and nurofen every three hours (ie one dose of paracetamol every 6 hours and one nurofen every 6 hours) and find thats works pretty well for all but the most extreme fevers.

yvonnek Tue 08-Jul-08 14:50:47

jessica mummy i agree, this is what doctor told me to do recently. but not for more than one day i was advised.

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