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Nurofen suppositories

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magoosmom Sun 20-Jan-13 21:29:53

Gave my DS 16 months old a nurofen suppository this evening, within 5 minutes he was screaming, arching his back and passing wind then he did a poo, 5 minutes later the same happened again, he was inconsolable. This has happened us before, has anyone else's child had this reaction to a suppository? He is fine now.

Willowisp Sun 20-Jan-13 21:51:23

Why did you give him a suppository ?

magoosmom Sun 20-Jan-13 22:04:39

He had a temperature due to teething. Not sure what your question has to do with my query tbh hmm he was given it on medical advice.

BeaWheesht Sun 20-Jan-13 22:24:34

I think the previous poster just wondered if it was for example because of a vomiting bug with fever and therefore the pain could be related.

I've never used a suppository on the kids - is there a specific reason why you can't use liquid anti pyrexics?

magoosmom Sun 20-Jan-13 22:48:46

He won't take anything orally because of his gums, won't even eat . I'm not in the UK, it's fairly standard practice where I live to use suppositories . When your child is born it is recommended that you keep Nurofen suppositories at home in case of a high temperature.

notMarlene Sun 20-Jan-13 22:55:54

Yeah, suppositories are the norm here too, though usually paracetamol. TBH I've not had that exact reaction with either DC but do you think he might have been a wee bit constipated with his not eating? I think there's a wee bit of glycerine in most of the kids suppositories and that might just have loosened things up.

Hope he's more settled now. MNers are often strange about suppositories, they're most rare in the UK and cost a bomb too.

Willowisp Sun 20-Jan-13 22:59:53

Thanks Bea, yes I was ordering why nothing oral ?

Whether suppositories are cheap or expensive, i'd much rather take & give an oral medicine confused especially to a small child.

notMarlene Mon 21-Jan-13 11:26:03

Well, Calpol and the like a terrible for the teeth, especially when given in the night.

Then There's the fuss of measuring x number of spoons and getting them in with no spillage (reducing dose)

the medication takes 40 - 60 % longer to work too.

I used to babysit for kids who would hassle for Calpol, presumably because it's so sweet and tasty...

I've given my dc te choice between oral meds (chewable tabs) or a suppository since they were able to give an opinion and 9 times out of 10 they want the suppository 'cause they feel better sooner.

magoosmom Mon 21-Jan-13 12:59:36

Thanks for the replies, I'll ask the doctor next time I see her. I used difene suppositories after I got my wisdom teeth out and definately had discomfort with wind and had to use the loosoon after althought I had no problems while using them after a c-section hmm

magoosmom Mon 21-Jan-13 13:02:55

notmarlene no he wasn't constipation but the pain was definitely related to the suppository.

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