Are Calpol and Nurofen for Children Gluten Free?

June 17, 2021 by WonderBaba Blog

A couple of years ago my daughter was diagnosed with coeliac disease. Whilst I acknowledge it’s not the most devastating diagnosis your child can get, it certainly is a challenging one! As a Pharmacist I felt somewhat prepared for what lay ahead, but as a mother I didn’t have the same confidence.

Sharing useful information!

I feel it might be useful to mums in a similar boat, or even those who are suffering from coeliac disease themselves, if I try to provide some information on the website that I have found particularly useful. With this in mind, for me the biggest question was about medication. My daughter is in general good health, so my priority was to establish her coeliac safety with the only medications I ever have cause to give her.

Nurofen for Childen – Orange is ‘technically’ gluten free in Ireland. However – it contains 18ppm of gluten (in both baby and child formulations). While this is below the 20ppm cut off recommended by The Coeliac Society of Ireland to be deemed ‘gluten free’, many countries have a cut off of 10ppm.

So what does this mean?

This means, quite simply, there is some gluten in Nurofen for Children – in the ORANGE flavour only!! The great news is that there is ZERO gluten in the strawberry flavour of Nurofen for Children. The company were extremely helpful in clarifying this for me and that kind of transparency is exactly what us parents of Coeliac children need!

Personally, I find it easy to swap out the orange flavour for the strawberry when it is essential to medicate my child, and so I am happy to do so. It is worth noting that the Coeliac Society do feel that the level of gluten is low enough not to cause impact on your child’s health, however with a newly diagnosed child I would suggest doing everything you can to completely remove gluten from their diet so that their digestive system gets the time it needs to heal and recover.

Nurofen for Children – Strawberry Flavour

This is completely gluten free!

I recommend using this instead of the orange flavour when needs must!

Calpol – All products

All products in the Calpol range are free from gluten – all suspensions are suitable for use in coeliac children.

I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page  or my website contact page  or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262.

*This article is accurate on 17/6/21 – please visit www.medicines.ie for continuously updated product information

Author: WonderBaba Blog

My name is Sheena Mitchell and I'm a pharmacist with my own business Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6. From working in the pharmacy I've realised that there are a lot of first time and experienced moms who might benefit from hints and tips from a pharmacist who can balance healthcare advice with real hands on experience from my important work as a mother of three! I hope to bring you regular advice and information and answer questions that you have! Being a mother and pharmacist are my two favorite things and I'm delighted to have this way of bringing my two worlds together! All questions and queries are gratefully received but otherwise sit back, relax, and let the solutions come to you!

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