The Medicines and Healthcare
products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has called for a revision of child doses of paracetamol following concerns that 1 in 4 youngsters are
regularly overdosing on the painkiller putting
them at risk of liver damage. Parents often give their children medicines
containing paracetamol at home before going to the doctor.
The information displayed on the
labels of the medicines is also being updated to ensure children get the most
optimal dose of paracetamol suitable for their weight. Currently there is one
age band for those aged 6-12 years but this will now be split into three bands-
5ml for those aged 6-8years, 7.5ml for those aged 8-10years and 10ml for those
aged 10-12years. The current two age bands for babies 3 months-1 year and 1-5years
will be upgraded to four categories giving more accurate and targeted doses.
Paracetamol products for children are
expected to have the updated dosage instructions by the end of 2011.