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21 March 2006 @ 11:19 am
Children's painkillers  
Lately, I've been seeing a lot of ads for Nurofen for Children and Children's Panadol.

For our overseas readers, since I don't know if you have these brands, Nurofen is an Ibuprofen based painkiller and Panadol is Paracetemol. I can only assume the same general ingredients are in the children's versions.

Anyway, the Panadol ad I find particularly disturbing, because it offers the breakthrough news that it can be given to children as young as one month old.

One. Month. Old.

Here in the real world, we call that a baby.

Can someone explain to me two things?

1. How the hell can you tell if a baby is in need of a painkiller?

2. Why would anyone think it a good idea to medicate a baby without consulting a pediatrician first, even with something as innocuous-seeming as Panadol?
 
 
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Talutha: murdock by teh_stephbonesinger on March 21st, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
Childrens panadol is used most often for fevers and teething.
One month old might be a squeensy bit too young to be administering paracetamol for a fever though.
Jacobyak_boy on March 21st, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Well, that's part of what I was saying. If a baby that young has a fever, surely you're taking it straight to a professional.
Taluthabonesinger on March 21st, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
It depends on how high the fever is. When I was a baby, my temperature went up and down for no real reason for the first five months or so, according to my parents. If it's a low level fever, try to bring it down. If it persists, then you see a doctor.