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accidentally gave dd (4) too much calpol!!!!

(15 Posts)
Howaboutthisone Thu 08-Oct-15 19:39:42

DH gave her 10 ml as on bottle. I was out and didn't realise so one hour later I've given her another 10 ml. She hasn't had anymore earlier in the day.
We're keeping her awake and getting her to drink lots of water and eat toast at the moment.
Any experiences?! Please?!

Imnotaslimjim Thu 08-Oct-15 19:42:42

Ok, deep breath, she will be fine

My DD drank a nearly full bottle at 3yo (DS could open them!) took her to A&E in a panic, and they said no more for 48 hours but she would be fine

It was a shock to hear it, I was imagining stomach pumping, or counteractive meds or something!

Anyway, give 111 a call if you want some professional advice but thats my experience

Nonnainglese Thu 08-Oct-15 19:42:50

Phone out of hours, she needs checking out

Bupcake Thu 08-Oct-15 19:43:26

Should be fine if she hasn't gone over the daily limit. The limits are set well within safe levels anyway, so she should be absolutely fine.

If you're worried, call the out of hours doctor for reassurance, or contact an all-night pharmacy.

Elllicam Thu 08-Oct-15 19:43:36

Agree phone out of hours

AuntieStella Thu 08-Oct-15 19:43:52

Firstly don't panic. There's a huge safety margin on infant pain killers.

But paracetamol isn't a drug to mess around with. Ring NHS 111 for advice (have your DD's weight to hand).

QuietIsland2 Thu 08-Oct-15 19:44:07

Contact NHS24 to ask advice or ring a pharmacist. Best to check but imagine there is some leeway on doseages particularly if she hasn't had any calpol in the previous 24 hrs. We have a notebook for medicine giving in our house as we're afraid we'd double dose.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 08-Oct-15 19:44:08

I would call 111 for advice, maybe weigh her as well so you can give that information.

Whilst you shouldn't panic, you should seek medical advice. Especially as it's paracetamol.

QuietIsland2 Thu 08-Oct-15 19:45:06

Sorry it's 111 now!

Micah Thu 08-Oct-15 19:45:33

As long as she hasn't gone over the total daily amount allowed she'll be fine.

Even then, there's a fairly big margin of error.

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Thu 08-Oct-15 19:46:53

DD also 3 drank a full bottle ... same advice ... none for 48 hours ... was fine. ....she could open it herself ...

Howaboutthisone Thu 08-Oct-15 20:24:43

Thanks for the quick replies. I spoke to a nurse at NHS Direct and was really reassured. She's well below the amount per kg of body weight that would be classed as an overdose. She's totally fine in herself thankfully. The fact there was a slight gap between doses was a good thing too. I'm so relieved and think we'll be implementing that medicine log by writing everything on the calendar in the kitchen from now on. Thanks again!

dratsea Thu 08-Oct-15 20:52:08

If this is the first dose then unless she is way below average weight you have given less than she would get in hospital, intravenously, during an operation. From memory the ward/parents were advised not to give the first oral dose (at normal dosage) for six rather than the normal 4 hrs. Calendar is fine for regular drugs but sticky label on the open bottle also works.

Obs2015 Thu 08-Oct-15 20:55:25

10ml is really not a major overdose. It's really actually quite minor. She will be perfectly fine. Please don't worry.

Howaboutthisone Fri 09-Oct-15 18:59:18

Sticky label- fantastic idea! Thanks!
Thanks again for the advice and reassurance.

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