Key facts about Nurofen:

  • Children from 3 months (from 6 kg) to 12 years can take Nurofen for Children.
  • Adults can choose from a range of Nurofen products to suit their needs, including tablets, caplets, and capsules.
  • The Nurofen product range also includes other options such as topical dermal patches 
  • Speak to your doctor if you are 65 years or over before taking Nurofen.
  • Unless your doctor has advised you, don’t use Nurofen if you are trying to become pregnant, or during the first 6 months of pregnancy. Do not use at all during the last 3 months of pregnancy.

Is Nurofen suitable for children?

Like any parent, you don’t want to see your child suffer with pain or fever. Whether you’ve just had a baby or your baby is growing up fast, it’s natural to worry about your child and whether you’re doing the right thing.

If you’re looking for a suitable pain reliever, Nurofen for Children liquid suspensions are pleasant-tasting, sugar-free liquids formulated to relieve pain and fever in children aged from 3 months to 12 years. Every pack of Nurofen for Children liquid suspension includes a simple dosing syringe to help make dosing time easier for you and your child.

You can also dive into our range of articles to help understand your child’s pain.

Is Nurofen suitable when you’re over 65?

If you are aged 65 years or older, speak to your doctor before using Nurofen. Your doctor will advise whether Nurofen is suitable for you.

With the advice of your doctor, you can use Nurofen tablets, caplets, or capsules to help relieve many common types of pain including headache, back, and arthritic pain.

Be sure to also explore our pain advice articles to learn more about different types of pain you may be experiencing and find natural ways to help reduce pain.

Sometimes Nurofen is not the right option

Nurofen products may not be right for you at certain stages of life, or if you have certain conditions. Do not take Nurofen:

  • If you have a stomach ulcer or other stomach disorders, kidney, liver, or heart problems. Read more on Nurofen and stomach ulcers here.
  • If you are allergic to ibuprofen, aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines. If you have an allergic reaction, stop taking and see your doctor immediately.
  • During the last 3 months of pregnancy.


This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health-related matters, always consult your healthcare professional.


Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Do not use if you have a stomach ulcer. Do not give to babies under 3 months of age. Seek medical advice for children under 12 months of age. Reckitt Benckiser, Auckland. TAPS-NA12948. RB-M-35828.