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.
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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.
This is completely gluten free!
I recommend using this instead of the orange flavour when needs must!
All products in the Calpol range are free from gluten – all suspensions are suitable for use in coeliac children.
*This article is accurate on 17/6/21 – please visit www.medicines.ie for continuously updated product information