Coughs colds and fevers
It doesn't matter what time of year, they plague us.

But did you know it takes more than eight years for a child’s immune system to fully develop, making children particularly susceptible to ailments year round.

Colds & flu

When children suffer from the symptoms that make up the common cold - runny nose, congestion, sore throat, headache, tiredness, aches and pains – they feel miserable. Over the counter pain relievers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

 

Earache & sore throat

Almost all children suffer from earache at some time. A sore throat is another common sign of an approaching cold, ear infection, viral or bacterial infection. Analgesics such as Panadol and products which provide anti-inflammatory action such as Nurofen For Children are highly effective in treating earache and sore throat pain.

Treating fever

Fever is a common symptom of illness and the body’s natural response to infection. However, if your child has a fever that is causing discomfort or is accompanied by other symptoms like sweating, shivering or headaches you may want to give them the recommended dose of over the counter pain relievers to reduce their temperature. Nurofen for Children, for example, starts to work in 15 minutes and reduces fever for up to eight hours - up to two hours longer than children’s paracetamol - so you and your child can get a full night’s sleep and have peace of mind for longer.

Managing a fever:

Fevers occur when the body's temperature rises above 37.4 C. Along with using over the counter pain relievers to bring down the temperature be sure to:
•    Increase fluid intake
•    Remove excess clothing
•    Record temperature, dosage and time medication is given

Always seek medical help when:

•    Your child shows unusual symptoms like a stiff neck, vomiting, stomach pains, breathing difficulties or skin discolouration
•    Your child is less than six months old
•    The temperature rises above 38.5C
•    Fever persists for more than 48 hours
•    Your child refuses to drink or has trouble swallowing

 
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