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A fever reliever !
Nurofen for Children
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Nurofen for Children
Advantages: More effective for lowering temperatures than parcetamol based products, easy to dispense
Disadvantages: Can cause a sticky mess if spilt, my boys need a drink after the orange flavoured one
In terms of illness I count myself very lucky that my twin boys as young babies never really got ill. We had a few high temperatures after their immunisations which we used a paracetamol based suspension to address however there was never much need for us to buy children's medicines as they both didn't seem to pick up viruses until around 9 months old. We then were hit with a pretty nasty virus and Nurofen for children was suggested and I have tended to use for other illnesses since.
***Nurofen for Children***
The description on the packaging is "Nurofen for Children is an effective and fast-working treatment for fever reduction. In fact, nothing will relieve your child's fever faster or for longer than Nurofen for Children."
This is an ibroprofen based supsension in liquid form which is suitable for children aged 6 months and over (and over 5kgs).
The product claims to relieve fever for up to 8 hours and treats pain within 15 minutes of administering.
Nurofen for children comes in two different flavours orange or strawberry and both flavours are sugar and colour free.
Nurofen for children is sold by most grocery retailers and chemists and can be bought off the shelf rather than being kept behind the counter. It is sold in most pharmacies I have been in including Lloyds and Numark. It is also sold in Asda, Tesco, Superdrug, Boots, Morrisons and Sainsbury's. A 100ml bottle costs between £2.50 and £4 depending on the retailer. It is slightly more expensive than own brand versions of ibroprofen suspension however this is due to being branded as Nurofen.
I must admit when it comes to giving my boys medication I'm a little on the cautious side and a sleepless night doesn't mean that I'm going to reach for painkillers as "there is something wrong". Because I spend most of my time I tend to see signs of genuine illness appearing and so react to high temperatures quite quickly with other methods before I resort to using drugs but in a some cases I have had to reach for some form of children's liquid medication whether that being paracetamol or ibroprofen based.
Initially I tended to use Calpol just because my mum had suggested it but when I took one of my sons at 9 months old to the walk in centre at midnight with a virus the doctor on duty advised me to switch to use Nurofen as this is much more effective at lowering temperatures and can also be used and alternated with paracetamol based products.
From this first occasion I would definitely agree that for more severe fevers Nurofen for Children worked much more effectively than Calpol. On this particular occasion one of my sons had a temperature of almost 40 and was quite unsettled. Obviously very concerned we had gone through all of the usual methods of cold drinks, stripping off and a luke warm bath and given Calpol which had only brough his temperature down to just over 39 degrees. So after being sent by NHS direct to a walk in clinic at the hospital the doctor quickly prescribed me a bottle of Nurofen for children. Once we got him home and gave him Nurofen within 30 minutes his temperature was down to 38 and he was a lot more settled. After an hour it as just under 38 so this was definitely a product that worked. I was also told by the same doctor that as this as an ibroprofen based suspension it could be alternated with Calpol (a paracetamol based suspension) after 4 hours rather than wait 6 hours to give the next dose of Nurofen (which can only be given every 6 hours). Because my son had such a high temperature over a 12 hour period this worked very well for us as with a temperature heading towards 40 I was told it could have potentially led to seizures. Thankfully this was only a 24 hour virus but we did have to go through the same thing with my other son a few nights later as the virus had been passed on.
What I like about Nurofen as a parent was it was very easy to administer because it came with a syringe which is loaded in the top of the bottle and then has clear markings on. The side of the Nurofen bottle states the required dosage based on a child's age and weight. For most parents this is not a concern but as my boys are very small for their age I have always been told to use the weight guidance rather than age category.
My boys take this medicine very well and the sweet flavoured liquid seems to make this a very easy medicine for them to swallow. I would say however that my boys much prefer the strawberry flavour as with the orange flavour they seem to gag or cough slightly and always ask for a drink. After trying the orange flavour myself I would say the sweet liquid does catch in the back of your throat slightly and make it feel a bit dry. There has been only one occasion in which one of my sons refused to take medicine and I must say like most other children's medicine, Nurofen for children can create a sticky mess if spilt. I did find using the syringe made it easier and a lot less messy to give to a child that thrashed about in resistance but it is worth having a damp cloth handy to ensure you can mop up any sticky spillages.
Over the last year or so there have been a number of occasions which I have had to use Nurofen for children as my sons have been poorly or suffered temperatures and on each of these occasions when their temperatures have been heading towards the high 38 or 39 degrees Nurofen has brought it back down to nearer 37. I have generally never had to give more than 3 doses in succession therefore if you do need to give your child this longer than a 24 hour period it is worth seeking medical advice.
I tend not to give Nurofen every time my boys are teething for pain relief however when their back molar cut through at around 18 months they did become very distressed and needed pain relief. Their temperatures were slightly higher and we even found they started refusing food so I gave a few small doses. I would say that Nurofen worked much better than Calpol (as I tried both products) and their temperatures dropped back to an acceptable level and they actually ate rather than refused food and generally seemed much happier children despite being in pain.
I would definitely recommend Nurofen for children to other parents and feel it is one of those "essential items" to have in the medicine cupboard as fevers and viruses are inevitable for young children. I do have quite strong personal beliefs about giving children medicine too hastily when they seem unsettled so do administer carefully however for the times when my boys have been suffering quite nasty viruses and their temperature has been extremely high, Nurofen for children has been one of the only things that have brought the temperature down.
The Ibroprofen suspension is very easy to administer and measure the correct dose due to the syringe that comes in each pack and once the drug is administered it is fast working and I have even seen my boys' temperature drop by 2 degrees within 30 minutes of giving them this medicine.
Nurofen for children is easy to administer because of its sweet flavour although if your child resists taking it can cause quite a sticky mess. I also find that my boys' tend to take the strawberry flavoured one better as for some reason the orange flavour makes them gag and need a drink.
An essential product for all parents of children and toddlers.
Summary: An essential fever reliever for every parents medicine cabinet.
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