- Check with your doctor first, if your child is under 12 months of age
- Always read the label
- Ensure you use the product and dose suitable for your child’s age
A glance at the Nurofen for Children range
Nurofen for Children 3 months - 12 years range: suitable for the temporary relief of pain associated with teething, toothache, earache, headache, colds & flu, minor aches, sprains & strains and sore throats. It also relieves fever for up to 8 hours*, including fever caused by immunisation. It is sugar free, and available in pleasant tasting strawberry and orange flavours.
Nurofen for Children Soft Chewable Capsules: an easy to chew format for children 7 years and older. It is a great option for children who no longer want to take a liquid, but still find tablets difficult to swallow.
How much should I give my child?
The recommended dose of Nurofen for Children varies depending on the weight of your child. Check the dosing guide on the back of the pack to determine the right dose for your child’s age and weight.
Doses should be given every 6–8 hours, as needed, with a maximum of 3 doses in 24 hours.
- The recommended dose is determined by the age and weight of your child as follows:
- 7 years - 10 years (average weight 22-32kg): Two capsules (max 8 in 24 hours)
- 10 years - 12 years (average weight 32-40kg): Three capsules (max 12 in 24 hours)
Doses should be given every 6-8 hours (or with a minimum of 6 hours in between each dose if required). It is important not to exceed the stated dose and make sure that the product is chewed before swallowing. Though Nurofen Soft Chews can be taken without water, your child should still take plenty of fluids to help manage their pain or fever.
Recognising pain in children
It’s inevitable that your child will experience some pain now and then – whether it’s from illness, minor accidents, or normal growing up events like teething or immunisation.
Young children can’t always tell you when they’re in pain, and this can be confusing and upsetting for parents. Listening to what they say and watching what they do can help you to recognise pain in your child. Some signs to look for include:
- Crying, screaming or grimacing
- Changes to how they usually behave, including eating or sleeping
- Becoming quiet and withdrawn, or refusing to move
When to see a doctor
Always see your doctor if you are worried or unsure about your child’s pain for any reason. If you’re unsure about whether or not give medicine to your child for their pain, it’s also best to seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist.
*Autret-Leca et al 2007.