Codeine – why the change?

As many individuals will be aware, from the 1st of February 2018, products containing codeine now require a prescription. [bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″] There are a number of reasons why the government has made this change. Evidence indicates there is no additional benefit in using small doses of codeine (lower than 30mg) over products without any codeine (Pain Australia, n.d.). Codeine use can result in tolerance,…

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Fever in Children

On average, a child has up to 10 infections per year. Body temperature isn’t a reliable indicator of illness for babies and young children – a child may have a mild temperature according to the thermometer (slightly over 37°C), but seem happy and healthy. Trust your own instincts, but seek medical help if your child:

  • Is aged six months or less
  • Has a rash
  • Has a fever of 40°C or more
  • Is still feverish after a day or so, despite four-hourly doses of baby paracetamol
  • Vomits or has persistent diarrhoea
  • Refuses food or drink
  • Cries inconsolably
  • Seems listless, floppy or just looks ill
  • Convulses or twitches
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Is in pain

If you feel at all worried or concerned at any stage, consult with your doctor.


Fever is a rise in body temperature above the normal temperature, usually caused by infection. Normal body temperature is around 37°C (give or take a degree, depending on individual differences). There may also be minor fluctuations over the course of the day and night. Contrary to popular belief, the severity of fever isn’t necessarily related…

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