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Would you give a 10yr old ordinary neurofen/paracetamol

(9 Posts)
SmokeFree Wed 14-Oct-15 06:39:59

My DD is 10 (will be 11 in March). She has started complaining of headaches relatively frequently. When she gets them I give her 10ml of calprofen (the stated dose) which sometimes helps and sometimes doesn't.

I remember having the same when I was a similar age; so much so that my mum took me to the doctor. At the time I think u was 11 as my mum used to give me half a paracetamol to try and help. I remember the doctor saying to my mum that I should try having a whole tablet. Well that helped and eventually the headaches stopped although I'm not sure whether it was the tablets or a placebo affect.

Would I be wrong to try giving DD 'adult' headache remedies (obviously not super strength ones) and see if that helps or should I continue with the children's calprofen/calpol?

SmokeFree Wed 14-Oct-15 06:41:24

Ps at the moment I'm hoping the cause is just hormonal given similar happened to me at a similar age but of course happy to be told she needs to be seen by a doctor.

Allgunsblazing Wed 14-Oct-15 06:43:32

Paracetamol dose is calculated by weight.
Speak to a pharmacist.

dementedpixie Wed 14-Oct-15 10:02:58

The paracetamol tablets I have give a dose for children age 6-11 (half to 1 tablet up to 4 times a day). They are 500mg caplets

Jeffreythegiraffe Wed 14-Oct-15 10:06:51

Half a tablet really isn't much at all unless your dd is tiny. It's worked out on weight.

Tortoise Wed 14-Oct-15 10:23:42

My DDs take paracetamol tablets, youngest now 11. 1 tablet is the same as 2 spoons of paracetamol liquid. (ie 250mg per 5ml spoon, 1 tablet is 500mg)

Elnemo Wed 21-Oct-15 22:36:55

Ordinary paracetomal tablets here since DD old enough to swallow tablets (about age 5 ). just dose to equivalent dose in liquid mixture ie one half of a 500mg tablet

dratsea Thu 22-Oct-15 09:41:08

Yes, have I missed something? Weight appropriate dose.

cestlavielife Thu 22-Oct-15 11:47:38

it's by weight.
keep a headache diary for a month and take to gp . if it's consistent and affecting school attendance ask for referral to local headache clinic. there are preventive meds that can be taken.

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