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ds2 (18 months) is coming down with a nasty bug, can I give him calpol and neurofen?

(7 Posts)
redclover79 Sat 01-Nov-08 20:54:41

DS1 is still recovering from a really horrid bug and I'm pretty certain ds2 is now going down with it. He had calpol before he went to bed at 7 pm, can I dose him with neurofen as well at this age? And if so, how long should I leave between doses? thanks

MegBusset Sat 01-Nov-08 20:56:48

Yes you can. Check the bottle but IIRC Nurofen is every 6 hours.

amanda12 Sat 01-Nov-08 21:59:44

Yes you can use calpol every 4hrs and neurofen every 6 hrs.

Olihan Sat 01-Nov-08 22:12:31

The best way of dosing them is to give 5mls of Calpol, then 3 hours later 3.5mls of Neurofen, then 3 hours later 5mls of Calpol, then 3.5mls of Neurofen 3 after that so they have the max dose of each drug in 24 hours without over dosing them or having a big gap where they can't have any.

So, for e.g.
7am 5mls Calpol
10am 3.5mls Neurofen
1pm 5mls Calpol
4pm 3.5mls Neurofen
7pm 5mls Calpol
10pm 3.5mls Neurofen
1am 5 mls Calpol
4am 3.5mls Neurofen

(Neurofen has to be 3.5mls because at that age he can only have 15mls in 24 hours).

redclover79 Sat 01-Nov-08 22:38:36

Thanks for the replies, just been to check on him and his temp seems to have come down with the calpol only, but I don't know how long that'll last!

ilovemydog Sat 01-Nov-08 22:42:05

DD was seen in A & E this week and they gave her Nurofen for her temperature. I asked about it, and the nurse said that it was more effective for temperatures....

blueskyandsunshine Sat 01-Nov-08 22:50:54


that's a hefty drug schedule olihan

how about staying up and watching and waiting? the temp will help kill the bug. Maybe you could stay up and have a lie in tomorrow as it's Sunday?

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