When your little one is unwell and could be experiencing pain and cold like symptoms you might think that using baby paracetamol and ibuprofen together is a great way to combat these symptoms. It is recommended that the combination of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen should not be mixed together and given to baby as one dose.
While I am definitely not a medical practitioner, my advice would not be to mix paracetamol and ibuprofen together and administer to your little one. Parents should stick to one medication or allow sufficient time between administering a dose before giving another dose of the same or different medication. Always check with your Doctor if this is safe and suitable for your baby as every baby is different.
Can I Give My Baby Paracetamol and Ibuprofen Together? Answer: Only if your Doctor recommends this.
When you’re a new parent, you will worry over your baby’s health and well being. It’s natural and comes with the territory. When your little one has their first fever or other illness its not abnormal to panic – time and experience will help you to know what is normal and what is not – when you can administer over the counter medicines and when its time to go to the doctor. Its always better to err on the side of caution, but often asking advice from people who are already parents can be a big help too. Be sensible who you ask, and if you are advised to mix paracetamol and ibuprofen together – or any other medications – I would not be taking their advice.
Infant paracetamol or infant ibuprofen – which is best?
It often comes down to personal choice or instructions from a medical professional. While you should never mix these two together and administer, they both have benefits for when your infant has a mild health complaint such as a low grade fever or mild pain such as teething. I know there are plenty of parents out there who would argue that their baby’s distress over teething is a lot more than ‘mild’ pain! They are all different, my little one had her teeth come through fairly easily while my nephew seemed to struggle for weeks. One thing is for sure, I never mixed paracetamol and ibuprofen together. You’re baby can’t tell you which seems to work best, you will see what helps your baby through time and observation. My sister swears by ibuprofen, my mom never went past Tylenol. It’s personal choice.
What is Infant Paracetamol
Infant Paracetamol otherwise known as acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a medication that is given to an infant to ease mild to moderate pain and control a fever. Infant paracetamol can be purchased over the counter. Paracetamol can also be found as a main ingredient in various cold and flu medicines. Babies that are over two months of age can be given paracetamol to relieve pain, fever teething issues or after vaccinations. It is best to consult with a Doctor regarding dosage and frequency as every baby is different. Infant Paracetamol when a dosage is administered it goes by the weight of a baby, therefore knowing the correct weight of your baby is very important. Giving the recommended dosage and frequency is important as over consumption of paracetamol can have damaging effects on your infants liver.
What is Infant Ibuprofen Drops – Always check with your Doctor first prior to giving your infant Ibuprofen Drops.
Infant Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) Drops is an over-the-counter fever reducer and pain reliever. It is also generally considered to be very safe to administer to infants and children and there are minimal side effect concerns in a healthy child. It could cause a stomach upset. Ibuprofen also has a mild effect on blood clotting ability and is usually not used on a child that has a large wound or bruise. Ibuprofen is also known to have a good safety margin that is it takes many times the regular dose to be harmful. If Ibuprofen is administered correctly it is then safe to use for several days. As with any over the counter medications it is important that you do check with a Doctor first to see if you are giving your infant the correct medication for their illness.
Parental Concerns And Medicines – Your Doctor Knows Best
It’s normal to feel frustrated, your baby is sick and all you want to do is make them feel well again. You can’t know exactly what might be wrong and all of those signs and symptoms look terrifying when they are appearing in your new baby. Speaking to your pharmacist and your doctor and even your Mom is a wise move. They will be able to give you advice on looking after your new arrival and advise which over the counter medicine may work best.
While I am not a doctor, I would not recommend mixing any medications together and administering them to your baby, its just not worth the risk. Talk to your health care professional, they will be able to help you out and give you advice on how to care for your little one.You don’t need to feel helpless or alone, trust your instinct, listen to your doctor and love your baby.