What is Nurofen for Children Cold, Pain and Fever?
Nurofen for Children Cold, Pain, and Fever is a liquid medicine to ease symptoms of cold and flu in children aged 3 months and over. This medicine helps to ease pain, reduce inflammation, and bring down a high fever, perfect for when your little one has picked up a cold in the Winter. Nurofen for Children is available in both orange and strawberry flavours, so you can choose the one your kiddos like most, encouraging them to take their medicine when they need it.
How do I know if my child has a cold or the flu?
If your child has a cold or the flu, then there are a few symptoms you can look for that will tell you which illness it is. The easiest ways to tell them apart are to look for tummy problems, and severe exhaustion which makes them feel exhausted and unable to carry on as normal. If your child has either of those symptoms, then they probably have the flu rather than a cold. The symptoms that cold and flu share include:
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- High temperature or fever
- Blocked or runny nose
How can Nurofen help to ease my child’s cold and flu symptoms?
Nurofen can help to ease your child’s cold and flu symptoms because it contains an active ingredient called ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is a popular everyday painkiller, and it works as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which means it changes how your body responds to pain. This helps to reduce pain, inflammation, and fever all at once, making it ideal for treating cold and flu symptoms like headaches, muscle aches, and high temperatures.
Can I give this product to my child if they’re taking any other medication?
If your child is taking any other medication, then you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before giving them Nurofen for Children. They should not take Nurofen if they are already taking:
- Any other medicines which contain ibuprofen
- Any other NSAIDs, such as aspirin or naproxen
- Aspirin with a daily dose that is above 75mg
Make especially sure to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before giving your child this medicine if they are already taking:
- Diuretics, which help you to pass water
- Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, such as warfarin
- Medicines for high blood pressure, such as captopril, atenolol, and losartan
- Lithium, which is used for mood disorders
- Methotrexate, which is used for psoriasis, arthritis, and types of cancer
- Zidovudine, which is used for HIV
- Corticosteroids, which are anti-inflammatory drugs
- Cardiac glycosides, which are used for heart problems
- Ciclosporin or tacrolimus, which are used to prevent organ rejection after transplant
- Mifepristone, which is used to terminate pregnancy
- Quinolone antibiotics, which are used for infections
- SSRIs, which are antidepressants
- Antiplatelet drugs, e.g. dipyridamole, clopidogrel
- Nurofen for Children Cold, Pain and Fever, is not suitable for children who are younger than 3 months old or weigh less than 5kg (11lbs).
- Do not give this product to your child if they are allergic to ibuprofen, aspirin or any other NSAIDs, or any of the other listed ingredients.
- Do not give this product to your child if they have:
- A stomach ulcer, perforation, or bleeding, or have had more than two episodes of these
- Severe kidney, liver, or heart failure
- An inherited intolerance to some sugars, specifically fructose/fruit sugar
- A history of stomach bleeding or perforation after taking ibuprofen or other NSAIDs
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before giving your child this product if they:
- Have high blood pressure, heart problems, or a stroke
- Have a condition which may put them at risk of heart problems, e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol
- Have asthma or any allergic disease of the lungs
- Have or have had kidney, liver, heart, or bowel problems
- Are dehydrated
- Have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
- Have a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, e.g. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
- Have chickenpox. You should avoid using this product if your child has chicken pox
Like all medication, Nurofen for Children Cold, Pain, and Fever can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If your child experiences any of the following side effects, stop use and seek immediate medical help:
- Blood in their stools (poo)
- Black, tarry stools
- Vomiting blood or dark particles that look like coffee grounds
- Signs of a severe allergic reaction, e.g. unexplained wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath, skin rash which may be blistering or peeling, itching, bruising, severe skin reactions (e.g. Stevens-Johnson syndrome), racing heart, fluid retention (e.g. swollen ankles, peeing less than usual), swelling of the face, tongue, or throat
- Stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, fever, disorientation
- A severe skin reaction known as DRESS, showing symptoms such as skin rash, fever, swelling of lymph nodes, increase of eosinophils (a type of white blood cells)
If your child experiences any of the following side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor:
- Unexplained stomach pain, indigestion, heartburn, being sick, vomiting
- Signs of kidney or liver problems, e.g. yellowing of the eyes, pale stools, dark urine
- Severe sore throat with high fever
- Signs of anaemia or blood disorders, e.g. unexplained bruising or bleeding, tiredness, getting more infections than normal
- Diarrhoea, wind, constipation
- Stroke or heart problems, although this is unlikely at the dose given to children
- Worsening of colitis or Crohn’s disease
- High blood pressure
- Stomach ulcer, bleeding of the stomach, inflammation of the stomach lining
- In exceptional cases, severe infection of the skin and soft tissues during chickenpox
See patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.
The active ingredient is Ibuprofen 100 mg per 5ml of medicine.
The other ingredients are:
Maltitol liquid, water, glycerol, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium chloride, sodium saccharin, orange or strawberry flavour, xanthan gum, polysorbate 80, domiphen bromide.