New paracetamol doses for children

Changed guidelines will include specific dosage information for narrower age brackets

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Parents are to be given new instructions about how much liquid paracetamol (such as Calpol) to give children over 5.

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The guidelines will advise different doses according to your child’s age.

Current information says that all children aged between 6 and 12 should have between 5ml to 10ml, up to 4 times, in 24 hours.

However, the new instructions, set to hit packaging by the end of 2011, recommend 5ml for children aged between 6 and 8, 7.5ml for those aged between 8 and 10, with 10ml for children aged 10 to 12.

The changes have been drawn up by The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

“This updated dosing advice will clarify the doses, making it easier for parents and carers to know exactly how much paracetamol they should give their children,” Dr June Raine of The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, told the BBC.

Until these new instructions appear on paracetamol packaging, parents have been advised to keep using the current dosages.

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