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#1 Lady Gray

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:12 PM

My kiddo has been out of sorts all week.  She’s started daycare a few weeks ago and since then has had a constant cold, gastro twice and is really off today.  No temperature but looks pale and feels warm, whinging is next level, every single thing makes her cry.  I gave her panadol this morning and she finally fell asleep at 1pm.  She seems better now but still pale and constantly whinging and just wants to lie on me.  Won’t eat her dinner.  Would you give panadol again before bed?

Sorry I know this is a dumb question but a GP (not our usual) went on a rant when I took DD to get her flu shot recently about parents using panadol way too freely and DD has had it more than I’d like with her being sick so regularly recently.

Edited by Lady Gray, 16 July 2019 - 11:13 AM.


#2 laurs

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:18 PM

Not a medical expert here but I generally wouldn't unless she needs it to go to sleep.

#3 Staying Strange

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:20 PM

I'd call 1800 health direct. They've always been really helpful for me with my kids... especially with questions like this when I'm just not sure what to do!!

#4 elly35

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:23 PM

I am not a medical expert either but I would in case she has a sore throat to help her eat something if you are worried she might not sleep until morning due to hunger.

#5 Not Escapin Xmas

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:33 PM

yep, I'd give her another dose.

#6 Goldenash

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:36 PM

I would. And i use panadol pretty sparingly for my kids. A couple of times a year max

#7 Toddlerandme

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:40 PM

Does she have the language skills to understand/answer if you ask her if she hurts? Or if the medicine before made her feel better? If she is in pain then I don’t think that is overuse.

You could try putting her to bed without, and if she can’t sleep or wakes frequently give her Panadol then?

But I am no expert as my three year old refuses all medicine most of the time, so I know she is really sick/hurt if willing to take Panadol. No danger of overuse here.

#8 Paddlepop

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:45 PM

I'd give her a dose for bedtime. A good night's sleep is more important than worrying about a dose of panadol.

#9 Lady Gray

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:46 PM

View PostToddlerandme, on 12 July 2019 - 05:40 PM, said:

Does she have the language skills to understand/answer if you ask her if she hurts? Or if the medicine before made her feel better? If she is in pain then I don’t think that is overuse.

You could try putting her to bed without, and if she can’t sleep or wakes frequently give her Panadol then?

But I am no expert as my three year old refuses all medicine most of the time, so I know she is really sick/hurt if willing to take Panadol. No danger of overuse here.

She answers any question about she feels with “I feel well” regardless of whether she is or not (ie. high temp, vomiting, diarrhoea etc) plus she loves panadol so she’s the worst when I’m not sure it’s shes well or not.

I’ve got laryngitis so calling anyone is out of the question!  

I’ll put her to bed and see what happens, if she starts crying then I’ll give her something.  

God what an awful week, I’m close to the end of my patience, husband away, I feel like absolute crap and could just cry and not stop! To top it off I’ve pulled a muscle in my back as she refused to let me put her down today.  Sorry for the whinge, feeling awful.

#10 TheGreenSheep

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:49 PM

As long as it’s within prescribed limits on the bottle and she is ‘off colour’ I wouldn’t have hesitated when my DSs were little. I went through numerous bottles. I could count on my hand the amount they had since they’ve grown and have better immunity. Do what you have to do, the GP certainly isn’t there in your home whilst your DD is out of sorts. So yes, I would give my DSs panadol before bed if required.

#11 Future-self

Posted 12 July 2019 - 05:51 PM

Whinge away - it's super crappy when you and kiddos are sick!

You know, DDs paediatrician said the opposite. That parents have been scared by Pharmacisits and GPs into ONLY giving Panadol when a fever skyrockets. He said a generally unwell baby/kid can have a sore throat or headache or body aches and feel really crappy and Panadol can really help them eat drink and rest comfortably - it's not just for high fevers!

Sp I would give it without question

#12 Toddlerandme

Posted 12 July 2019 - 06:03 PM

It’s awful when you are on your own with a sick kid. No need to apologise for whinging.

Hope you both have a good night’s rest and feel better soon.

#13 WTF_SM3

Posted 12 July 2019 - 06:22 PM

View PostPaddlepop, on 12 July 2019 - 05:45 PM, said:

I'd give her a dose for bedtime. A good night's sleep is more important than worrying about a dose of panadol.

My thoughts too

Edited by WTF_SM3, 12 July 2019 - 06:23 PM.


#14 BBC

Posted 12 July 2019 - 06:24 PM

I'd give panadol
They can't tell you how they are feeling

#15 michellegrace

Posted 12 July 2019 - 06:33 PM

View PostFuture-self, on 12 July 2019 - 05:51 PM, said:

Whinge away - it's super crappy when you and kiddos are sick!

You know, DDs paediatrician said the opposite. That parents have been scared by Pharmacisits and GPs into ONLY giving Panadol when a fever skyrockets. He said a generally unwell baby/kid can have a sore throat or headache or body aches and feel really crappy and Panadol can really help them eat drink and rest comfortably - it's not just for high fevers!

Sp I would give it without question

Completely agree with this.
I would give another dose if it were my child.
I hope she feels better very soon

#16 Lady Gray

Posted 12 July 2019 - 06:50 PM

Thanks all, I gave her a dose and she’s perked up and finally having something to eat.  She feels cooler as well.  Really appreciate all the advice.  Cross fingers she sleeps well tonight.

#17 Mrs Claus

Posted 12 July 2019 - 06:51 PM

When did she have the flu shot? Sounds exactly like my ds and it was a reaction to the flu shot 4 days later. And yes I would give Panadol if she takes it

#18 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:28 PM

I’ve been giving DS panadol for less than that. Took him to the GP today as my intuition said it was more than just general whinginess and yep, ear infections. Take her for a check up maybe. And definitely give panadol.

#19 FeralZombieMum

Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:37 PM

I've had numerous doctors encourage me to give my kids panadol a nurofen when they've been unwell, as panadol can help reduce fever and stop the risk of dehydration, but it's more so to help the kids feel less like crap.

#20 EmmDasher

Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:38 PM

I find the the kids usually have what I’ve got and vice versa. If you have laryngitis and you kid seems unwell, has a fever and won’t eat it seems a logical step to assume she has the same thing as you (even if she hasn’t lost her voice). I generally figure that if I feel crap and am having panadol they can too.

#21 Pink Flamingo

Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:46 PM

So glad the Panadol helped and she managed to get something to eat. Hopefully it takes the edge off enough to help her sleep. As long as it’s within the limits listed on the bottle I wouldn’t think twice. Being sick and in pain is miserable.

#22 Sweet.Pea

Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:49 PM

View PostLady Gray, on 12 July 2019 - 06:50 PM, said:

Thanks all, I gave her a dose and she’s perked up and finally having something to eat.  She feels cooler as well.  Really appreciate all the advice.  Cross fingers she sleeps well tonight.

Good on you!

I would have given my son a dose and popped a few adult pills myself (mine whinges when sick, so I get a headache too).

As for the GP saying parents use it too freely, kids are growing and developing and if they are in pain, they definitely should be given pain relief.

#23 robhat

Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:07 PM

If she is miserable and you haven't exceeded the daily max dose (read the bottle carefully), then it's fine to give more Panadol.

You can also try Nurofen (Ibuprofen). Use it more sparingly than Panadol, but when a child is really unwell you can alternate between the two. Just don't exceed the daily max dosage.

Do be careful though about the number of doses you give each day. Sometimes parents give every 4 hours, which is fine, but it's recommended to stop after a certain number of doses. If you give every 4 hours round the clock you'll go over the max daily dosage. Doesn't usually happen as unless your child is seriously sick you're unlikely to be dosing them every 4 hours during the night.

#24 WTFancie shmancie

Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:13 PM

If she has had gastro recently just keep in mind the possibility of a UTI.

#25 Lady Gray

Posted 13 July 2019 - 09:04 AM

Thanks all, she’s woken up with a temp this morning and we were up with her crying all night long from about 10pm.  Off to the doctors ASAP.




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