panadol infant or 1-5yrs

Rebecca - posted on 06/24/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi all you mummies out there! my 6 month old is 10 kg in body weight, he is by age too young for it but going by weight only i should be able to give him the 1-5 years panadol (because 10kg is listed on the bottle at a dose of 6ml), should this be ok or should i stick to the infant drops? its just that with teething the bigger bottle of the 1-5 yrs is more economical compared to that tiny infant drop bottle, DONT get me wrong i never give it to him willy nilly but the expiry date is long so a big bottle wont go to waste. I also better add the pharmacist okayed it and the drops have 100mg paracetamol/ml at a rec dose of around 1.5 ml for his weight (so he is getting 150mg of paracetamol) and the 1-5 yrs has 24mg paracetamol/ml at a rec dose of 6ml for his weight (so he would be getting 144mg) so it pretty much evens out in the end anyway

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Natalie - posted on 06/26/2009

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Go by the childs weight. The only difference is the infant drops are concentrated so you don't have to give as much.

Ez - posted on 06/24/2009

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My daughter's a big baby so there is always a discrepancy between weight and age in any medicine she has. I've been told to go by weight as the dosage works per kg. But if you're looking at changing the strength I would definitely ask either your doctor or pharmacist.

Brooke - posted on 06/24/2009

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I would ask the Doc.. medicine works by weight not age. But the panadol for 1-5yrs could be to strong.. If you can't see the Dr in time I would use the infant drops, but definately see the Dr.

Kelly - posted on 06/24/2009

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I'm in the US and here they tell us to go by weight....i would go by weight, cuz then its the dose that is right for the size of the child, not just the age, you could have a 4 year old that weighs the same as a 7 year old, so should the 4 year old have less of the meds just cuz they are younger but are the same weight......after every visit to the doctor they tell me how much my son should have....hope this helped

Lynlee - posted on 06/24/2009

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I have always gone by the age instead of the weight, so our son (2.5 yrs) can have up to 7.5mls, even though for his weight he could have more. Not sure where you are living but we can get it free at the doctors in NZ...

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