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Older children can often tell you that they have pain, although some children might not be able to tell you exactly where their pain is.
Things that can show that your child has pain include:
Paracetamol has been safely used for many years for mild to moderate pain in infants over one month old, children, adolescents and adults. However, if too much paracetamol is given to a child for too long, it may harm the child.
Ibuprofen can be used for mild to moderate pain in children, adolescents and adults. It should not be used in children under three months of age or be given to children with bleeding disorders.
Any infant or child who is unwell, or in moderate to severe pain, should be seen by a doctor to find out the cause.
How much to give:
How often can it be given?
It is ok to alternate giving paracetamol and ibuprofen so that your child's pain is well controlled. NOTE - if you do this, it can be easy to accidentally give too much of either medicine.Keep a diary of when you give each dose of paracetamol and ibuprofen so you don't give your child too much of either medicine.
We do not recommend giving aspirin for pain to a child or adolescent under 12 years, unless it is advised by your doctor. It can cause a rare but serious illness called Reyes Syndrome.
Paracetamol is one of the most common medicines taken by children in an accidental overdose.
Have the Poisons Information Centre telephone number next to your phone at all times.In Australia the number is 13 11 26.
Developed in consultation with the Emergency Consultant and Pharmacy Department. First published April 2013.