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There are many symptoms that can be relieved with the taking of analgesics, however, when it comes to children or cases that are pediatric, it is advisable to know what are the most appropriate for them based on: your age, weight, condition, symptoms and what dose you should be supplied.

Use of analgesics in children

Usually, some pain relievers are sold without any medical indication, the most common being paracetamol and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) qeu serve to relieve the fever and some minor aches and pains.

Paracetamol: this is one of the most common painkillers, often used for fever and pain, although this does not reduce the inflammation caused by trauma or other conditions. This does not generate damage in the gastric mucosa but when used excessively, it hurts the functioning of the liver.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS): they belong to the diverse group and chemically heterogeneous of medications such as: anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic, and they can reduce or relieve the pain, fever and inflammation. Among the NSAIDS include naproxen and ibuprofen,

How to calculate the doses of ibuprofen and paracetamol for children

Ibuprofen:

  • Must manage to 20mg per kilogram per day, every 6 or 8 hours in babies older than 4 months old and his weight exceeds 7 kg
  • For example, if a child's weight by about 15 pounds, the corresponding dose of ibuprofen is 300 mg per day, repartiendose into 3 doses (every 8 hours) each dose corresponds to 100 mg
  • Now if it is indicated to administer 4 doses (every 6 hours) the dose will be distributed in 75 mg each.

Paracetamol:

His administration also depends on the weight, it is recommended to manage 40 to 60 mg per kilogram per day, i.e., 10 to 15 milligrams per kilogram dose.

When the formula comes in drops, together with a dispenser of 100 mg with each ml, the appropriate dose is calculated in the following way:

  • 3 drops for each kilogram of the child in each dose.
  • 1 ml per 10 kg in each dose.
  • The child's weight divided by 10 will be the milliliters to which you are entitled per dose.

What medication or consultation with the pediatrician?

It is recommended to go to the doctor immediately when:

  • The baby is younger than 3 months of age.
  • The fever exceeds 48 hours.
  • The body temperature reaches 40°.
  • When the fever causes the baby to feel irritable or sleepy.
  • Presents difficulty breathing.
  • The rash appears on the skin.
Read also: safe Medications during breastfeeding

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