Actually - I wish they would split by weight or something. I see my DD who is a lot taller & bigger (but not overweight) next to one of her friends who is tiny. But they both fit into the same age category. Again DD with some of her other friends who are even taller and bigger and the same age. I cannot believe that the same dose is appropiate for all of these children.
Belgo - I don't actually know my childrens weight because I do not need to at the moment. It is irrelevant for clothes sizes and if DS has grown out of the need for a car seat. If I needed to know this for medicine dosage, I would weigh them!
Just gt back from Spain where DS was in need of doctor. Given prescription as I'd almost run out. The quantity of drug to liquid was totally different AND done by his weight so he had 1 ml of the medicine but the % in the suspension (liquid?!?) was much higher. It was SOoooo much easier to force get down his throat
There is an issue (albeit only small so far) with using weight related doses in the obese child. I have been involved in the care of a 70kg 8 year old, a 50kg 5 year old and a colleague was recently involved with a 120kg 12 year old.
Ok, with the 12 year old an adult dose would be fine but it would not be appropriate for the other 2 regardless of actual body weight. Calculating a dose based closer to ideal body weight is better but then you have to expect parents to know their child's ideal weight.
For safety in over the counter medicines I can see why an age related limit also makes sense.
Good point belgo He had tonsillitis wouldn't swallow and couldnt keep anything down which is why I thought the paracetemal so marvellous. Doc may have prescribed it because of those symptoms. Has anyone heard of this different % of suspension paracetemal in UK?
My DCs have more than average amount of febrile convulsions and carrying on after the age of 6. Every time we went to hospital they gave calpol and ibroprufen by weight and we carried on doing it at home. Hospital did the calculation for us. DS was on an adult dose of both at the age of 10. He was not obese just as tall as a 12 yr old and weight in proportion.
fertility, the current recommended dose for a 6 - 12 year old on NON six plus calpol (IE, NORMAL CALPOL) is between 10 and 20 mls. If anything, you're underdosing according to what the new guidelines will be, as they'll have set it for a scrawny 6 year old, not a chunky 11 year old.