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.’
What are the new dose guidelines?
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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)