Taking away children’s pain is a very natural maternal and paternal instinct. Nebraska Home Pediatrics wants to ensure that parents understand when they should give their child pain medication, which pain medication to use, and how much pain medication to give their child. Contact us today to book your child an appointment with professional health providers.
Alternating Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen
After your child turns six months, most providers recommend offering ibuprofen first if they need pain relief. Ibuprofen seems to control pain better, and it will typically last longer (6-8 hours) when compared to acetaminophen (4-6 hours). You can alternate ibuprofen and acetaminophen to manage your child’s pain.
For example, you can give ibuprofen now, and if your child has pain three hours later, give acetaminophen. Then, three hours later, if they still have pain, provide the next dose of ibuprofen. You can continue this alternating pain medication administration pattern while your child feels uncomfortable.
Do not give either medication more frequently than recommended, and do not exceed the recommended daily max of each drug.
Generic vs. Brand Name Medications
Regarding over-the-counter pain medications, like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, please remember that the store-brand generic drugs are just as effective as the name brand. Save your money and buy generic!
The medication safety reminders mentioned below are from: (https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/medication-safety/Pages/Medication-Safety-Tips.aspx)
- Keep all medicines out of children’s reach.
- Use only the dosing device specific to the product (do not use a household teaspoon).
- Never give adult medicines to children.
- Always follow instructions on the label and consult your pediatrician if you have any questions.
- If you suspect your child has taken too much of this or any medicine, call Poison Control at 800.222.1222.