Parents are being asked to cut down on the amount of liquid paracetamol, like Calpol, they give to their young children as some give more than the recommended levels, according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). In order to ensure that children get the optimal dose of the medicine the MHRA has revised its recommendations.
Previous MHRA guidelines state that children aged from 1-6 years could be given up to 10ml of liquid paracetamol four times a day to reduce fever and pain. However, now the MHRA has divided children into more detailed age brackets, with a specific dose for each.
Those aged between 12 months-2 years should be given 5ml four times a day. The
dose for 2-4 year-old children is 7.5ml, while only those from 4-6 years can be given 10ml.
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