Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Zee01 | 2011-06-06



Morning Doc.
I have a question with regards to my 13 month old son.

He was teething last week and I could not get him to settle with Prodol, so I gave him Calpol, which helped him sleep better.
And then he got very bad nappy rash due to the teething, and his bum was so sore, I ended up giving him Calpol for that to.
So for about a week he got Calpol every night, I choose that because I thought it was the safest....
No, when I did not give it to him for 2 nights, he was up till 10?!
Can Calpol be addictive???
And if yes, what must I do?
Or can it just ne coincidence that he was not tired enough to sleep?
I feel so guilty?!?!

Thanks for your advice!!

Expert's Reply



Calpol is an excellent form of paracetamol for children. As you know paracetamol is the safest of the medicines given for pain and fever in children. It is certainly not habit forming, so there is no need for you to feel guilty.

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