Apiretal: what it is, what it is for and dose according to your child’s age
Apiretal is the analgesic and antipyretic par excellence for the treatment of pain and fever in children. What is it for and what is the correct dose according to weight and age?
The apiretal is probably one of the most popular medications among parents, usually because for years it has become the medical reference option when it comes to relieving mild or moderate pain and lowering the elevated temperature when the youngest The house has a fever, especially in children as of 3 years of age.
Although it is true that it is possible to administer apiretal from 3 kilos of weight (that is, from birth), it is highly advisable to consult the pediatrician before giving it when the child is less than 3 years old.
But given that the amount of apiretal to administer to our son varies depending on the age that he has, as it grows it becomes necessary and essential to increase the dose so that it has the expected or desired effect.
What is apiretal?
As we can read in the leaflet of this medicine, the apiretal consists of a medicine that is part of the group of analgesics and antipyretics, which means that it is ideal when it comes to relieving mild or moderate pain and also in febrile states.
It contains paracetamol, and its bitter taste makes it really few children who like it, which is why in its composition we find ingredients such as raspberry, glycerol (E-422) and sodium saccharin (E-954). It is one of those ingredients, azorrubin, one of the main “culprits” that apiretal can cause allergies to children, such as asthma.
How often can the child be given?
As we mentioned earlier, the correct dose of apiretal will depend not only on the age of the child but also on the weight that the child has.
In any case, it is always advisable to follow the guidelines and doses marked by the pediatrician, never exceeding the number of doses or the amount.
Regarding how much Apiretal can be given (that is, how many doses can be given and how many hours), it is the pediatrician who will mark the most appropriate dosage. However, we must bear in mind that, most commonly, is to administer Apiretal every 6-8 hours (which would be equivalent to between 4 to 6 doses per day).
Depending on whether the child is very upset or has a very high fever, the pediatrician may indicate the possibility of administering every 4 hours, but in this case, the dose will always be lower.
How to conserve Apiretal?
Unlike other medicines for children, such as Amoxicillin (antibiotic), it is not necessary to store or store Apiretal in the refrigerator. It is only necessary to keep it in its original container, inside the box, and keep it in a place where the sun does not shine.
On the other hand, it is highly advisable to note the opening date of Apiretal, and not to use it beyond 6 months after this date.
What to do if the child has taken more Apiretal than he should have
It is not recommended to exceed the maximum dose of 60mg / kg/day, so that if the child has taken more Apiretal by accident that he had, and also do not know how much, it is important to go quickly to the emergency room.
On the other hand, we must take into account that doses of paracetamol greater than 100mg / kg/day can be toxic, and its effects on the child will tend to be serious. Therefore, in any case, it is important to go to the emergency room always.