Paracetamol Dose Calculator
Repeat dose every 4-6 hours as necessary (max 4 doses in 24 hours).
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Paracetamol comes in two liquid strengths, 120mg in 5ml and 250 mg in 5ml. This dose calculator uses 250mg in 5ml in the first calculation.
POISONING – Paracetamol is the most common single agent involved in poisonous ingestion in young children. IF YOU BELIEVE YOUR CHILD IS POISONED CALL 111 IMMEDIATELY.
5kg or less
Paracetamol is used for relief of pain. It will not cause drowsiness or cause your child to sleep. It can be used for children and babies over 3 months old. Younger babies must see the doctor.
The oral dose of paracetamol for children aged 1 month to 18 years is
- 15 mg/kg per dose, to a maximum of 1 g per dose, every four to six hours,
- with a maximum of 60 mg/kg daily, without exceeding 4 g daily.
For further information on paracetamol dosing, refer to the New Zealand Formulary for Children: http://www.nzfchildren.org.nz/nzf_2439
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