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BNF for Children 2010-2011

The British National Formulary for Children 2010-2011 has been updated, published and made available online.

Hard copies can be ordered from the publishers however many NHS staff will receive a free hard copy through usual channels and can also access the online version at

Update prescribing information in this revision include:

  • Equivalent doses of morphine sulphate and diamorphine hydrochloride table: the table has been updated to improve clarity
  • Constipation: advice now takes into account the recommendations of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
  • Melatonin: shared-care protocol that specify the manufacturer for the melatonin to be dispensed in the community are recommended
  • Paracetamol: dosage advice is now simpler, clearer and more consistent
  • Vaccinations in preterm babies: routine immunisation is recommended based on actual date of birth. The increased risk of apnoea in preterm babies is also highlighted with advice on how this should be managed

Action: BNFC is the primary source of prescribing information when prescribing to all children up to the age of 18 years.

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