Childhood_Illnesses__leaflet_for_parents

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Paracetamol six plus suspension (250mg/5mL) :
Child’s Age
Condition(s) for
Treatment
How much
How often (in 24
hours) ?
6-8 years
5mL
4 times
8-10 years
Pain and/or fever
7.5mL
4 times
10-12 years
10mL
4 times
 Do not give more than 4 doses in any 24-hour period
 Leave at least 4 hours between doses
 Do not give this medicine to your child for more than 3 days without
speaking to your doctor or pharmacist
 Do not give to children under 6 years of age
WHEN YOUR CHILD IS
POORLY
Paracetamol six plus suspension dose for children age 12 -16 years :
10-15mL up to 4 times a day
Liquid Paracetamol dose for adults and children aged over 16 years :
10-20mL up to 4 times a day
Always follow the dosing instructions provided on the product packaging and in
the leaflet in the box.
A special spoon or syringe will be supplied with the liquid paracetamol product to
ensure it is measured accurately. Do not use any other spoon or device to
measure the product.
If you have any questions regarding dosing please ask a pharmacist or healthcare
professional.
Policy for Seeing Children
We understand children can become poorly quite quickly and want to provide
the best service we can for you and your child(ren).
We have an open surgery each morning and children can be seen by a GP at any
of these. This means your child can be seen on the day they become poorly.
If your child becomes ill after open surgery call us and we will make an
appointment for them to be seen by a doctor or for a doctor to telephone you.
This is a booklet containing useful information on childhood illnesses,
what to do at home and
how to see a doctor at South Reddish Medical Centre
Revision December 2013
Paracetamol & Ibuprofen;
Both are useful if you child has a high temperature or fever for example if they
have a viral infection, earache, sore throat or are teething. Both are safe and
suitable for children and can be used together. Do not use ibuprofen if your child
is asthmatic and they have not had it before or your child has kidney problems.
Doses can be found at the end of this leaflet.
Viral infections such as cough and cold, diarrhoea, sore throats:
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It is important to give your child lots to drink to prevent dehydration.
Give regular paracetamol and ibuprofen.
Keep your child cool and remove some clothes, strip to pants and vest if
possible. Remember coughs can take a few weeks to settle.
Antibiotics are not advised if your child is usually in good health; they do
not work with viruses and in fact can cause side effects such as diarrhoea,
sickness or rashes
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If your child becomes drowsy confused or is struggling to breathe.
If nappies are drier than usual or your child is not eating or drinking.
 If you have any concerns or worries about your child's illness please come
and see a doctor
For more information:
http://www.whenshouldiworry.com/booklet-final.pdf
Infant Paracetamol suspension (120mg/5mL):
Child’s
Age
2-3
months
Gastroenteritis:
Gastroenteritis is an infection of the gut and can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. It
is usually caused by a virus and no treatment is needed.
 It is very important to give your child plenty of fluids to prevent
dehydration.
 At times diarrhoea can last up to 2 weeks.
 Good hygiene is very important to stop the infection spreading.
 It is advisable along with careful hand washing to clean and wipe the
toilet seat and handle with a disinfectant.
 Rehydration salts are useful and important; ask a pharmacist or a doctor
for advice
 Let your child eat whatever they want and do not starve them.
 If your child is breastfed continue to do this and if your baby is bottle fed
do not dilute the formula further.
 It is very important to not give children anti- diarrhoea drugs as they can
be harmful.
When to worry and seek medical advice:

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If your child has diarrhoea for more than five days.
If they have a raised temperature which is persistent and difficult to
control
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Condition(s) for
How
How often (in 24 hours) ?
Treatment
much
1. Post vaccination
fever
2. Other causes of
Usually once.
pain and fever if
However, if necessary,
2.5 mL
your baby weighs
after 4-6 hours a second
over 4Kg and was
2.5mL dose may be given
born after
37weeks
Do not give to babies less than 2 months of age
Do not give more than two doses
Leave at least 4 hours between doses
If further doses are needed talk to your doctor or pharmacist
Child’s Age
Condition(s) for
Treatment
How
much
2.5mL
How often (in 24
hours)?
4 times
3-6
months
6-24
5mL
4 times
Pain and/or fever
months
2-4 years
7.5mL
4 times
4-6years
10mL
4 times
 Do not give more than 4 doses in any 24-hour period
 Leave at least 4 hours between doses
 Do not give this medicine to your child for more than 3 days without
speaking to your doctor or pharmacist
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