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Ibuprofen or paracetamol for a broken bone?

(9 Posts)
LifeIsGoodish Sat 19-Mar-16 08:36:04

Its been properly seen to. Nurse said pain relief as needed. Just wondering whether one is better than the other?

PurpleDaisies Sat 19-Mar-16 08:36:34

You can give both.

SomedayMyPrinceWillCome Sat 19-Mar-16 08:57:33

Give both, you can alternate for maximum pain "cover".
Just be careful not to exceed the maximum number of doses in each 24 hr period.
Have you been advised the dose based on weight? As you can often give a higher dose based on your child's weight than the generic dose written on the box

LifeIsGoodish Sat 19-Mar-16 09:37:47

Thanks. Pain is not severe enough to need both - splinting has made a huge difference.

Was just wondering, as ibuprofen is anti-inflammatory is it better in this case than paracetamol? I have joint problems in my spine and I know that when I have backache, paracetamol doesn't do much beyond ease the pain a little, whereas ibuprofen gives me far greater pain relief and shortens the episode significantly.

dementedpixie Sat 19-Mar-16 09:38:33

I'd give the ibuprofen probably

Knottyknitter Sat 19-Mar-16 09:42:05

Can give both but regular ibuprofen can slow down healing of the break, so I usually suggest regular paracetamol and ibuprofen for breakthrough pain if you need it.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 19-Mar-16 09:47:19

dd had both when she broke her collarbone.

As pp said, alternate and then there's never the uncomfortable "wearing off" phase.

lljkk Sat 19-Mar-16 10:04:40

remember must have food with ibuprofen.

LifeIsGoodish Sat 19-Mar-16 10:09:34 ibuprofen's anti inflammatory action might actually be a disadvantage in this case. I'll give paracetamol first, then. Only needs it at night really, day times too busy to notice pain! Kids - amazing creatures!

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