The switch to tablets: when should I start my child on paracetamol tablets instead of liquid?

Most kids can swallow tablets by around 12 years old, and some children can swallow tablets from a younger age. However, that doesn’t mean that you should automatically switch your child from liquid paracetamol to tablets - a 500mg paracetamol tablet may be too much medicine for a smaller child and may cause liver damage3.

A liquid medicine can offer you better dosing flexibility as it allows you to  accurately measure just the right amount of medicine for your child.

If you’re not sure whether your child is ready to switch to tablets, it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor or pharmacist first.

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References: 1. guidelines, endorsed by the Paediatric Society of NZ, accessed 11 Sep 2014. 2. Avoiding medication errors in children: a practical guide for healthcare professionals. BPJ issue 29, Jul 2010. 3. New Zealand Formulary for Children 1 Feb 2014 4. NZ Ministry of Health, Medsafe, Label Statements Database. Accessed 11 Sep 2014. 5. Non-steriodal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): making safer choices. BPJ Issue 55, Oct 2013. PAMOL® for the treatment of child pain and fever. Pamol® contains paracetamol 250mg/5mL. Always read the label and use only as directed. Incorrect use can be harmful. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. ® Registered Trademark. Aspen Pharmacare C/- Healthcare Logistics, Auckland, TAPS PP5716.