Skip Navigation
Close mobile panel

BNF for Children

BNF for Children (BNFC) provides essential practical information to all healthcare professionals involved in the prescribing, dispensing, monitoring, and administration of medicines to children.

This information has been validated against emerging evidence, best practice guidelines, and advice from a network of clinical experts.

Improved format, easier access – to make it even easier to find the information you need, in November 2015 the online content in the BNFC was completely restructured, in line with the redevelopment of the BNF. You’ll find improved consistency, more clarity and purpose-designed online content.

The BNFC is published jointly by the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group.

How the BNFC will help you

  • Provides you with practical information on the use of medicines in children of all ages, from birth to adolescence
  • Encourages the safe, effective and appropriate use of medicines for the management of childhood conditions
  • Helps you find, quickly and easily, the clinical properties of specific medicines
  • Advises on the correct choice of medicine for a given condition
  • Acts as a key educational tool for students training to join the healthcare professions, and for continuing professional development

Key coverage includes:

  • Practical advice on topics such as prescription writing and reporting adverse drug reactions
  • Hands-on information on prescribing, monitoring, dispensing, and administering medicines for childhood disorders
  • Comprehensive dosing guidance for children from birth up to 18 years
  • Details (including indicative prices) of products on the market, as well as reference to many essential unlicensed products
  • Indication of the licensing status of drugs


The content is updated monthly, making sure you have access to the latest information on children’s medicines.

Who should use this resource?

  • Doctors and other prescribers
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Health visitors
  • Other healthcare professionals
  • Students training to join the healthcare professions