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To ask can I give my five year old ibuprofen when he’s had paracetamol 3 hours ago?

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emma2939 · 28/10/2018 15:29

Sorry nhs 111 says very busy at mo, LO battling nasty cough and had paracetamol at half 12, gone very hot and thermometer saying he has a fever can I give a dose of ibuprofen? X

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flumpybear · 28/10/2018 15:35

Yes - but make sure it's not in an empty stomach

For reference paracetamol every 4 hours max 4 doses a day

Ibuprofen every 4 hours max 3
Times a day but not on empty stomach

I often give/ take paracetamol first then brufen a few hours later but you can take together I'd needed

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Lazypuppy · 28/10/2018 15:37

Yes. You can give both throughout the day as long as you don't exceed dosages of each.

Same as adults

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CuriousaboutSamphire · 28/10/2018 15:38
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CuriousaboutSamphire · 28/10/2018 15:39

Sorry, I didn't finish typing that (incredibly short) sentence... not unless you have been told it is OK, by a health professional

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emma2939 · 28/10/2018 15:40

Thanks all, he’s had a febrile seizure in the past so fevers terrify me now!!

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emma2939 · 28/10/2018 15:40

Oh right, thanks curious will ring nhs then n see what they say

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PurestGreen · 28/10/2018 15:41

Curious that means don't give them literally at the same time, as in one after the other. The next paragraph says that if the child needs it you can give a dose of the alternative medicine before the first one is due.

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confusedandemployed · 28/10/2018 15:41

GP told me categorically to alternate ibu and paracetamol when DD was particularly poorly when she was only 1.

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redsky21 · 28/10/2018 15:41

That NHS link also says

If you give them one of these medicines and they're still distressed before the next dose is due, you could try the other medicine instead.

Its fine OP.

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emma2939 · 28/10/2018 15:42

Great thank u!!

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needsahouseboy · 28/10/2018 15:48

Ibuprofen every 8 hours three times a day. Paracetamol every 4 hours. Yes you can give them together and did it frequently when working in A and E

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MrMeSeeks · 28/10/2018 15:49

They can have both but dont give it on an empty stomach

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CuriousaboutSamphire · 28/10/2018 15:53

Don't keep switching between doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen unless advised to by a healthcare professional.

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Oysterbabe · 28/10/2018 15:55

I alternate them every couple of hours when one of mine is poorly, not exceeding daily dose obv.

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bumblebee39 · 28/10/2018 15:58

Always been told to do this with DCs

Give paracetamol of that doesn't work ibuprofen (as others have said not on an empty stomach)

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