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Choosing between children’s Panadol or Children’s Nurofen

Just to be clear at the start, this is not a medical advice website and if you have concerns for your little one consult your doctor or head to the hospital! What I am doing a quick post on today is the difference I have found between children’s Panadol and Children’s Nurofen (ibuprofen).

The reason I am writing this one today is that the little baby is down with the sniffles at the moment. Thankfully, because of our first daughter, I am well trained already. So here is what I think.


If you are in this situation, where your little one is in extreme discomfort then you want the quickest pain relief. For that, I will always run for the panadol. I just find it starts acting much much quicker than the Nurofen. You might be waiting for a little while for Nurofen to fully kick in and help with pain and discomfort.


Because it just works better than Panadol. I said it. The pain relief is better. It lasts longer. I think the kids even take it easier (at least the one we use). It’s just basically those times when pain relief is needed ASAP that I would prefer panadol.

The great news is, that you can use BOTH! If you need to, you can overlap the panadol and the Nurofen (make sure you follow all instructions on your medication or consult with the pharmacist or GP first!!) so when one is wearing off, the other one is just kicking in.

This combination has saved us a few times already. I hope this little discussion on the differences between Panadol and Nurofen have been helpful. To be honest they will both do the job!

When can I vaccinate my child against Covid-19?

If like me, you’re a parent with a child with past respiratory problems, then you’re invested in knowing when we can vaccinate our children against covid-19. To be fair, every parent is invested in knowing when we can afford our children the same protection from this coronavirus that those adults who are vaccinated can currently enjoy.

Good news for teenagers!

On May 10th, usage of covid-19 vaccines in adolescents (12 years and older) was approved by the American Food and Drug Administration. This does seem to be, however, under the emergency use provisions, so it’s unclear when vaccines may be approved for use in countries like Australia (where we are) and other places that are relatively covid free.

Vaccines coming soon for 2-11 year olds

It seems that there may be a possible (USA) approval for the Pfizer vaccine to be used under emergency provisions in 2-11-year-olds. This looks to be coming around September this year, which sounds like they are aiming to try and get approval before another American winter.

Uncertain future for Australian kids

So far Australia has been relatively lucky compared to the rest of the world and this pandemic. This certainly isn’t a Hollywood movie (like some politicians seem to see it as here in Australia) with them the starring role. Especially when we start to discuss opening up to the virus (and to the world) with an absolutely disastrous vaccination campaign.

Firstly, the Australian government failed to secure enough doses of different vaccines – instead they put all their money on the cheapest – Astra Zeneca. The one that sometimes causes blood clots. Yes, they’re very rare, but it has still hurt vaccine takeup here in Australia. This means if we open up without enough people vaccinated there may be a major outbreak which would mean deaths.

The most at risk may then no longer be adults, who had the options of being vaccinated, but the children (with no vaccine access) and those who refused to be vaccinated. As a human being, I would like things to return to normal and go overseas, but as a parent, I’m happy with closed borders.

Good luck with everything wherever you are in the world. Make sure to check with your doctor about any news for a vaccine for your child (possibly in the next 12-24 months). Also, make sure you vaccinate yourself too. The more of us that are vaccinated, the safer our children will be as vaccines have been shown to dramatically reduce transmission rates of Covid-19.

Let’s leave the conspiracies for the movies and get vaccinated TODAY (unless you’re in Australia and have no access to any vaccines!)

Intro from the original “The Stand” movie about a deadly flu outbreak. No covid didn’t come from a lab.