New guidance from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has advised that children under four are given lower doses of pain-relief medicine.

The previous guidelines advised parents of children aged one to six could give up to 10ml of paracetamol products such as Calpol four times a day but there are now revised dosages split across different age groups as follows:

  • 2-3 months - 2.5ml usually once, but a second dose permitted four to six hours later
  • 3-6 months - 2.5ml - up to four times a day
  • 6-24 months - 5ml - up to four times a day
  • 2-4 years - 7.5ml - up to four times a day
  • 4-6 years - 10ml up to four times a day
    (Infant paracetamol suspension 120mg/5ml) 

Over three-quarters of children are given paracetamol products for pain relief by the age of six months prompting the MHRA to ensure that children aren't overdosed
through measurement errors.

An MHRA spokesman said: "Younger children may have received a dose of paracetamol that was higher than necessary."

Denying the change was related to recent links between paracetamol and asthma, the spokesman added: "The change is to ensure children get the optimal dose of paracetamol suitable for their age. It is not because of safety concerns."


Posted on November 22 2011 at 1700 by