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Oral paracetamol dosing in hospitalised children in the UK
  1. Jennie Craske1,
  2. Andrea Gill2
  1. 1 Pain Service, Department of Anaesthesia, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2 Paediatric Medicines Research Unit and Pharmacy Department, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jennie Craske, Pain service, Department of Anaesthesia, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, L14 5AB, UK; jennie.craske{at}

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Paracetamol dosing for children in UK hospitals causes debate and disagreement between clinicians. We think that the current recommendations in the British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) for oral paracetamol contribute to this. The doses recommended for all indications, except postoperative pain, are based on the age of the child rather than their weight.1 We understand that the BNFC reflects the recommended dose for over-the-counter (OTC) use of paracetamol and therefore needs to be easy for parents to use, however, additional information about suitable doses for hospitalised children is needed. We decided to survey clinicians to see if it was possible to gain consensus on which doses should be used for paediatric inpatients.

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  • Contributors JC and AG codevised the survey, analysed the results and cowrote the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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