Ibuprofen is not recommended for children who suffer with asthma, reflux, tummy, kidney, liver or heart problems, or pregnant women, but can be taken by nursing mothers.
The peak effect of Ibuprofen occurs in 1 to 2 hours. It is generally recommended that ibuprofen is taken with milk or food to reduce the risk of gasto-intestinal side effects.
Mild side effects associated with ibuprofen include: heartburn, abdominal discomfort or fullness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, sweating, fluid retention, mild allergic reaction such as skin rashes, itching and hives.
More serious side effects associated with both ibuprofen and acetaminophen/paracetamol (with the recommended dosage) although rare can occur.
Ibuprofen blocks the production of prostaglandins in a similar way to acetaminophen/paracetamol.
Prostaglandins are local hormones which are released by damaged tissues.
Other opioid derivative drugs are included in many anti-diarrheal medications.
Aspirin is no longer recommended for use by babies and children due to the risk of Reye's Syndrome.
Unless you address the underlying cause, you are likely to find that once effects of the painkiller wears off your baby's pain will return.
Lactose overload can be effectively managed (without the need for painkillers) by making appropriate adjustments to your infant feeding practices.
While analgesics can relieve the symptoms of pain and fever, they have no effect on the length or severity of an illness or condition.
In other words, they mask the symptom of pain and/or fever associated with a physical ailment but do (aspirin), but is more potent and better tolerated.