New Calpol guidelines for mums

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Child doses for liquid paracetamol
At this time of year when colds and sniffles are rife, Calpol is a staple in every mum's medicine cupboard. But before you reach for the purple bottle, make sure you're familiar with the new dose guidelines for liquid paracetamol like Calpol, Disprol and Medised.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are now telling us to cut down the amount of liquid paracetamol that we give to our kids by half. The MHRA spokesman Dr June Raine said: 'The change is to ensure children get the optimal dose for their age. The change is not because of safety concerns and parents should not be worried that they have done anything wrong'.

The new dose guidelines for liquid paracetamol has now been divided into more detailed age brackets as babies and toddlers are very different to older children. Neal Patel, spokesman from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said 'it is important to match doses with age more accurately.'

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What are the new dose guidelines?

Babies from 3 - 6 months: 2.5ml up to four times a day (unchanged)

Babies from 6 months - 12 months: 5ml up to four times a day (doubled)

1 - 2 year olds: 5ml up to four times a day (was 10ml)

2 - 4 year olds: 7.5ml up to four times a day (was 10ml)

4 - 6 year olds: 10ml up to four times a day (unchanged)

Where to next?

Possible problems in your baby's 1st year
Why is my baby crying?
Kids' health

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medinol is a multi age medicine usually same as caplol, as your child is 5+, and the medicine was prescribed by a Hospital then you were probably give a dosage based on the weight of the child-not the age? did you ask the Pharmacists what the RX actually said - or are you just assuming that they gave you the wrong thing?

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Hi pippakit, we hope the pharmacy got back to you with some news quickly as we're sure you're worried about your daughter. If not it may be worth calling your GP and asking if this was a mistake or not as it's always best to check if you're unsure.


hi,for my little one who is 4yr old, i use calpol with nurofen and dose as written on it.But this 2 medicin i using when he has really high temperature 39 or higher. hope it helps.


My 5yr old daughter has a high temperature. I took her to Homerton hospital out of hours surgery called Harmony. The doctor there prescribed her with paracetomol suspention which i took to Morrisons Pharmacy. When i got home i open the bag to find they had given her the wrong medicine. They gave her Medinol for 6yr olds and over. I've phoned Morrisons twice the next day and they told me they are trying to contact the G.P. When they get through and speak to the G.P they'll let me know. Does anyone know what i can do about this? The pharmacist on the phone said "maybe the doctor wanted to give her a higher dose". I've never heard of this before as it will cause an overdose. I've had no apology from Morrisons in Stamford Hill N16.

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