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Pain relief for children - what are the options?

We regularly receive enquiries about which children’s pain relief (pain killer) medications are suitable for those with coeliac disease. Commonly used options include paracetamol based products (e.g. Panadol) and ibuprofen based products (e.g. Nurofen). Note: ibuprofen is not recommended in cases of acute gastrointestinal upset.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) requires that both prescription and non-prescription medications declare when gluten/wheat is present at levels of 20ppm or more. Coeliac Australia considers medications containing detectable levels of gluten less than 20ppm to be suitable for those with coeliac disease. So when choosing a pain or fever relief option, always examine the packaging for any declaration of wheat starch or gluten… If there is no mention of gluten or wheat starch, then the medication is suitable (no news is good news!).

In addition to better-known brands, there are a number of generic paracetamol and ibuprofen formulations available from pharmacists that may be suitable and could be a cheaper option.

Product formulations can change, so it is important that you check the packaging every time you purchase any medicine; the most current and reliable information will be on the packaging of over-the-counter medications.

Our experienced team is here to help you should you have any questions. Please call our helpline on 1300 458 836 or send us your query via our contact us form.