Paracetamol for pain and fever
Active ingredient: paracetamol
What is paracetamol?
If your child has a fever (a temperature higher than 38.5°C) and this is making your child uncomfortable or miserable, paracetamol can be given to help ease any discomfort. Paracetamol is also used to relieve mild or moderate pain. Find out more about how to treat a fever.
Paracetamol is widely available on its own in brands of medicine like Panadol, or combined with other active ingredients, such as codeine or caffeine.
Paracetamol is a common ingredient in many medicines, including some cold and flu medicines, so it is important to check the active ingredients on the label of all your medicines to avoid ‘double dosing’ so that you don’t take, or give your child, other medicines that also contain paracetamol.
Know your active ingredient. Find out how to correctly identify all the ingredients in your medicines and why it’s important.
Note about medicines names
Most medicines have two names: the active ingredient and the brand name. The active ingredient is the chemical in the medicine that makes it work. The brand name is the name given to the medicine by its manufacturer. There may be several brands that contain the same active ingredient. This website uses active ingredient names, with brand names in brackets. We also discuss medicines in groups or ‘classes’, when their effects or actions are very similar.
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