Paracetamol dosing advice for children updated

Guidelines for paracetamol dosing in children have been updated by the MHRA, with specific doses defined for a larger number of age bands.

Updated dosing advice is to clarify the doses for parents and carers (Photograph: SPL)
Updated dosing advice is to clarify the doses for parents and carers (Photograph: SPL)

The updated guidelines have seven age bands: three to six months, six to 24 months and five two-year bands running from two to 12 years.

Dr June Raine, the MHRA’s director and vigilance and risk management of medicines, said the change was not due to any concerns over the safety of paracetamol products.

‘The change is to ensure children get the most optimal dose of paracetamol suitable for their age,’ she said.

‘This updated dosing advice will clarify the doses, making it easier for parents and carers to know exactly how much paracetamol they should give their children.’

Details of the new dosage system will be included by the end of the year in all paracetamol products for children, the MHRA said.

Updated MHRA dosage system:
Doses to be given up to four times in 24 hours

Formulation Age Dose
Infant paracetamol suspension(120mg/5ml) 3–6 months 
6–24 months 5ml
2–4 years
4–6 years 10ml
Paracetamol six plus suspension (240 or 250mg/5ml) 6–8 years 5ml
8–10 years
10–12 years 10ml 

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