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  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen?

    Both paracetamol and ibuprofen are effective in treating pain or fever.

    But which one is right for your little one?

What are paracetamol and ibuprofen?

Paracetamol and ibuprofen are the active drugs in medicines like CALPOL® Infant Suspension and CALPOL® SIXPLUS™ – which contain paracetamol – and CALPROFEN® Ibuprofen Suspension – which is an ibuprofen-only medicine.

Paracetamol was first created in the 19th century and has been used to treat mild to moderate pain and fever for generations.

Ibuprofen is a more recent discovery, first made available to the public in 1969. Ibuprofen is also effective in the treatment of pain and fever.

In England, products containing paracetamol or ibuprofen are available to buy without a prescription from a GP.

Why choose paracetamol?

As a painkiller, paracetamol blocks the production of certain substances in your body when you are ill or hurt to make your body less aware of the pain.

Paracetamol can be used to treat a wide range of common childhood ailments including:

You’ll find paracetamol in CALPOL® Infant Suspension and CALPOL® SIXPLUS™.

Products from the CALPOL® Family with paracetamol in them are gentle on your baby’s tummy, and you can use CALPOL® Infant Suspension from as young as 2 months (weighing over 4kg and not premature).

Why choose ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is a different sort of drug from paracetamol. When someone is unwell their body may produce certain chemicals which cause inflammation and pain. Ibuprofen can block the production of those chemicals to help reduce pain and is also an anti-inflammatory drug.

You can use it to treat illnesses such as:

You’ll find ibuprofen in CALPROFEN® Ibuprofen Suspension, which provides fast-acting fever relief for your child for up to 8 hours. You can use CALPROFEN® Ibuprofen Suspension from 3 months (weighing over 5kg).

For more information on paracetamol or ibuprofen please seek advice from your GP or qualified healthcare professional.

 

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