NHS - Child paracetamol dosages updated

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NHS - Child paracetamol dosages updated

Post by Tee on Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:45 am

Monday November 21 2011

There is now more detail on the best dose at each age

The UK’s drug regulator has issued new dosage guidelines for children’s liquid medicines such as Calpol and Disprol. The new, age-specific guidance stipulates exact doses of liquid paracetamol medicines that should be given to children, doing away with the ranged doses currently in use. The guidelines also introduce seven narrower age bands covering children from 3 months to 12 years.

The new guidelines, issued by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), will be introduced to medicine instructions and labels by the end of the year. The MHRA says that parents should follow the dosing instructions included with the medicine, and add that continuing to follow the older dosing guidelines (if these accompany the product) will not harm their child.

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2011/11November/Pages/new-child-calpol-paracetamol-doses.aspx

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