Get the dose right

It can be tricky working out the best way to give your child the right dose of medicine.

 

See individual product pages for dosage guidance

Dosage for CALPOL® Infant Suspension

 

If you are looking for the dosage guidance for any of our other products please see individual product pages

 

Babies under 2 months:

Do not give to babies under 2 months old. Consult your doctor.

 

For use after Men B vaccinations (at 2 and 4 months):

 Age of child

 Up to 6 months (usually at 2 and 4 months)

 Dose 1

 One 2.5ml dose as soon as possible after  vaccination

 Dose 2

 One 2.5ml dose 4-6 hours after first dose

 Dose 3

 One 2.5ml dose 4-6 hours after the second dose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For pain & other causes of fever:

 Age of child

 How much

 2-3 months

 2.5ml (if necessary, after 4-6  hours, give a second  2.5ml  dose)

  • Only give if your baby weighs over 4kg and was born after 37 weeks

  • Leave at least 4 hours between doses

  • Do not give more than two doses. This is to ensure that fever that may be due to a serious infection is quickly diagnosed. If your child is still feverish after two doses, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Age of child

 How much

 How often (in 24 hours)

 3-6 months

 2.5ml

 Up to 4 times

 6-24 months

 5ml

 Up to 4 times

 2-4 years

 7.5ml (5ml + 2.5ml)

 Up to 4 times

 4-6 years

 10ml (5ml + 5ml)

 Up to 4 times

  • Do not give more than 4 doses in any 24 hour period

  • Leave at least 4 hours between doses

  • Do not give this medicine to your child for more than 3 days without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Remember that dosing instructions for ibuprofen are different, always read the Patient Information

 

Once you’ve carefully measured out the medicine your child needs, getting it into them, rather than everywhere else, can be a tricky business. The makers of CALPOL® know that a syringe can make dosing your child a little easier, the good news is CALPOL® Infant Suspension and CALPOL® SIXPLUSTM Suspension are now available with an easy dosing syringe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Treatment advice

"My son has a high temperature, what should I do?"

When your child suffers from a fever, it can be a sign that his body is fighting an infection. We've put together a helpful fact sheet of things to do and what symptoms to look out for.

How to care for an infant with fever

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