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Child prescribed Klacid for tonsillitis. How much medicine to give?

Hi, my son is 20 months old and has tonsilitis . Prescribed klacid on sunday by ddoc and getting better. I asked doc about dosage of calpol for pain/ fever and she said 10 mls every 4-6 hours. He is a big fella for his age (about 15 kg). Now I m a bit concerned could I have given him too much as box states 7.5 mls for a 2-4 year old? I have given him a few doses of 10 mls. last one at 3pm, Fever was 39.9 at one stage last night but has been fine all day today. Do you mind advising me if 10 mls is too much for his weight and if so should I be concerned about any ill effects? Thank you, Maire
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician, Cardiology 's  Response
Dose of paracetamol is 10-15 mg/kg per dose 6-8 hourly.
Toxic dose of paracetamol is 10 times of normal dose.
Most of medication in children are based on weight if possible. As weight of children of same age may vary.So weight is better parameter than age.
As your child is about 15 kg a dose of 225 mg will be appropriate which is equal to 9 ml of calpol.
So you need not to worry as you can give him 9-10 ml of paracetamol.
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query,
The dose of paracetamol is 15mg/kg/dose and it cane be give every 6th hourly up to a total dose of 60mg/kg/day.
Nothing to worry as you have given a few doses only of 10ml. Give calpol whenever there is fever only and with a gap of minimum 6 hours between two doses.
Hope i have answered your query.
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