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My daughter currently has chickenpox, it started at the end of last week and by the beginning of this week she had a lot of spots particularly on her legs, mouth, in her nappy area and on her scalp and for some reason none on her face!
The pharmacist in Asda recommended Piriton syrup to help with the itching as the first night they started to come out my daughter had a terrible sleep, she was trying to pull her nappy off all night and there next day she was in a terrible mood due to a lack of sleep due to the constant scratching. I had chicken pox when I was older so I can remember myself how itchy the spots get and I was willing to try anything recommended.
The bottle cost me £3.99 and it contains 150ml of syrup. The syrup is suitable for children 1 year and over.
Piriton contains chlorphenamine melate which is an anti histamine that can be used to treat allergies and itchy skin rashes. It can also be used to relieve itching, redness, swelling and tenderness caused by;
Hayfever and other allergies such as dust mites and pet allergies
Nettle rash and hives
Skin allergies and dermatitis
Prickly heat and heat rash
Reactions to food and food additives
Insect bites and stings
The itchy rash of chickenpox
There are various warnings on the back of the bottle as with all medicines, it is recommended that you do not take Piriton if you have had an allergic reaction to anti histamines in the past, are taking certain tablets for depression or if you are taking other medicines with anti histamines such as products for the relief of coughs and colds.
It is also recommended that you check with your doctor before taking if you suffer from high blood pressure, epilepsy, glaucoma, liver disease, bronchitis or asthma.
To take the syrup you use the spoon included which has a measurement of 2.5 ml at one end and 5 ml at the other.
For 1-2 years one 2.5ml spoon twice daily
For 2-6 years one 2.5ml spoon every 4-6 hours (Max 6 spoonfuls per day)
For 6-12 years one 5ml spoonful every 4-6 hours (Max 6 spoonfuls per day)
Adults and over 12 years two 5ml spoonfuls every 4-6 hours (Max 12 spoonfuls per day)
There are a list of side effects for this medicine the most common being drowsiness for this reason you are recommended not to drive or operate heavy machinery after taking. Other side effects include allergic reactions, liver problems, anaemia, loss of appetite, feeling sick,low blood pressure and an itchy rash.
My daughter is 2 and 4 months so I gave her one 2.5ml spoonful. The medicine comes in a plastic brown bottle and is a clear liquid which I have found is very sticky if spilt. The medicine didn't smell of anything and when I gave it to my daughter she pulled a face which told me she didn't like it. I tried a little bit to see and it tastes like mint. So not unpleasant but not great for children. There is another type of Piriton for children which is banana flavoured but can only be used for over 6 years old.
The first time my daughter took this was at night and it made her very drowsy, this was good as she was struggling to sleep due to persistently scratching. Piriton took effect quite quickly and she fell asleep easier than the previous two nights, I also noticed that which she was sleeping she didn't seem to be disturbed like the previous night where she was crying out in her sleep.
I had also noticed that when new spots appeared they didn't seem to look as red and angry as previous ones.
Thankfully now the spots are starting to crust over so I think we are over the worst, Piriton has definitely helped though as I think that sleep is the best cure as my daughter has had a high temperature and has been a little flu like.
I would recommend Piriton for help with chicken pox as it has helped my daughter sleep and also Mummy who had about 2 hours sleep the first 2 nights.
I still have a lot of the medicine left and it has a long shelf life so as recommended I have stored it in a cool dry place.
I would definitely buy this again but hopefully we won't have to content with chicken pox again.
Piriton liquid is something that I always like to have in at home just in case my son suffers some kind of allergic reaction as I have found that it deals with things well. The piriton liquid is something that I have used from time to time ever since my son was a toddler and this is my review of it.
Piriton syrup has the technical name of chlorphenamine maleate and is a syrup which is used for dealing with various allergies. The bottle that I have comes in a thin cardboard box which is various shades of yellow. The box has the piriton name as well as a half flower shape which shows various things that the product can help deal with in each petal. The box tells us that this product can offer fast relief from the symtoms of:
House dust mite allergies
Mould spore allergies
We are also told that it can help relieve the itchy rash that comes with chicken pox too and as it is suitable for those aged one and over it really is such a useful product to have in at home in my opinion. Full dosing information and such like is provided on the leaflet inside the box but it is also on the cardboard box and the actual bottle which is what I tend to refer to when I am using it either for my son or myself.
The bottle that I have is a 150ml bottle which is made from a brown coloured plastic and has a white child proof lid which is obviously important when it comes to medication but I also make sure I keep it out of the way of my son and always have done.
I actually suffer from hayfever as well as an allergy to cats and so I do often have anti allergy tablets in at home for ease of use but I have been known to run out and need some and so have to use this syrup for myself. For the most part though I have used this liquid for my son as he seems to suffer some hayfever symptoms in the summer months in particular where his eyes will go really itchy and water sometimes. The dosage is obviously different for myself and my son but all of the information is presented clearly in various places with this product. The doses are laid out for those ages 1-2, 2-6, 6-12 and then adults and children over 12 years and we are also told the maximum daily dose underneath the individual dosage information so I feel you are well informed for use with this product.
The piriton liquid is a clear syrup which has quite a sweet smell and which reminds me an awful lot of buttercup syrup! The taste is quite pleasant and so it is easy enough to take. I never have any issues in making my son take this medicine if he needs it as he seems to like the taste as well. What is good with this product is once you have taken it it does seem to work quite quickly and it does remove all of the symptoms of any allergy that I or my son suffer from. In my case my eyes actually swell quite severly if I have been too close to a cat and after taking this liquid I find that after around half an hour or so I am feeling more comfortable again and after not much longer my eyes are back to normal as well. I even sometimes take this liquid as a preventative measure if I know I am calling to my friends as she has cats and it will stop me having a reaction to the cats.
A 150ml bottle of piriton syrup costs £4.49 from Boots but they do have a good shelf life and so you will find that if you suffer from allergies that you will be able to use most or all of a bottle so there isn't much waste at all. I think it is a reasonable price to pay for a quality product like this and I am more than happy to use this liquid for my son. I will often use the cheaper one a day tablets that you can buy for myself but my son wouldn't take a tablet so this is the best option all round. I would recommend this product for any home with small children to be honest just in case the moment arises where they need relief from an allergy.
Thank you for reading my review!
I have previously used Piriton tablets for allergies and hay fever, but this review is based on my daughters recent experience with Piritron Syrup.
My daughter had some new Candy Floss given her, I did not recognise the brand, but it was brought locally and as we were on our way home, she started eating it in the car.
She's eating the candy floss and say it tastes different, as I explained to her that different brands taste difference, before she carried on eating, I asked her to look for a use-by date, just in case it was out of date, she found that all ok, so she carried on eating it.
Then I get - mum I don't feel well, she was sat by me in the front of the car, and I noticed that her face was getting redder, her lips swelling and she was starting to get raspy in breathing. She was starting to panic, so was I.
More luck than judgement we were 1 minute away from our local NHS walk in centre, I suffer with some food allergies, and have to carry a epi-pen, so to an extent I was prepared in my mind, and toss up of stop, call an ambulance, panic like hell, or try to stay calm for a minute and get her to the NHS centre. Logically made sense.
=At the Surgery=
I rang the surgery from the car park as I was getting us out of the car, the receptionist came and met us, rushed us straight through, where a doctor gave my daughter some Piriton Syrup, straight away you could see the difference, and within 5 minutes everything was back to normal.
We were given the bottle of Pitrion syrup to take home and to give my daughter a dose before bed and the next morning.
=Worth its weight in gold=
Literally this syrup was worth its weight in gold, we were lucky it was a mild allergy and touch wood we have had no reactions since.
I make sure that there is a bottle of Piritron in the house, I am trying to convert my daughter to take tablets, so that it will be easier to carry tablets around.
A 150ml bottle of Piriton can be purchased for around £4.00
The active ingredients chlorphenamine maleate. Chlorphenamine belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines which help relieve the symptoms of some allergies and itchy skin rashes.
Itchy rash of Chicken pox
Piritron is not suitable for children under 12 months old.
Children 1-2 yrs, - 2.5ml every 4 to 6 hours - Maximum daily dose of 2 x 2.5ml spoonfuls in 24hrs
Through to adults and children over 12 - 2 x 5ml spoonfuls, every 4-6 hrs - Maximum daily does 12 x 5ml spoonfuls in 24 hrs.
******* With any new medication always check the dosage, the information leaflet, and ask the pharmacy, or the GP.......
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this syrup, it felt like a lifesaver for us.
Many years ago when I was eleven years old I went on a school trip to Switzerland , it turned out to be a bit of a nightmare for me because while I was there I started getting itchy eyes and a runny nose really bad. I had never had these symptoms before this school trip. On returning home my symptoms disappeared only to return the next summer. I must have some point gone to a doctor and been diagnosed with Hayfever. My symptoms were never that bad and always disappeared after a short time.
However as I got older, into my twenties, the hayfever seemed to get worse and it seemed to last longer. I don`t know why this happened but I did eventually go back to the doctor who advised me to take Piriton Syrup when the symptoms started. I remember this syrup coming in a large brown bottle costing only 50p ( well this was a good 30 years ago!). More importantly it actually worked very well and I did not need to take much of it for my hayfever to get better. I am not somebody who likes taking tablets and medicine at the best of time but I had no worries about taking Piriton because I only took it as needed.
Of course since then Piriton Syrup has become more widely used for all sort of allergies and now comes in a neat box and you can also buy a tablet form of the product. It also costs a lot more than the 50p bottles that I first started buying.Luckily as I have got older my Hayfever has completely gone.
Piriton has been a life saver during my childrens bout of chicken pox. Prior to giving them piriton they were irritable and were scratching regardless of the creams I kept applying. We found that they were not sleeping as they were in too much pain, until we started using this.
Piriton is a antihistamine suitable for children over the age of 12 months, it is also suitable for adults. It helps relieve the itch of chicken pox, hayfever, insect bites and allergies-plus it does make you quite drowsy. Piriton was the only thing that got my children to sleep for longer than half an hour.
It is a clear syrup which smells like a nasty cough medicine, but tastes like a watered down version of buttercup syrup. It comes in a yellow and orange box.
As both of my children are 2 and under, they were only allowed one small spoonful. The dosage for children between 1-2 years is 2.5ml twice a day with a gap of at least 4 hours and a maximum of twice per day, 2-6 years is 2.5ml every 4-6 hours a maximum of six times per day. 2-6 years can have a large (5ml spoonful every 4-6 hours) up to a maximum of six times per day. Adults/children over the age of 12, can have two large spoonfuls every 4-6 hours-with a maximum dosage of twelve spoons per day. The advantage to piriton is that it can be used alongside calpol.
I would definitely use this again. At the moment I have been having trouble sleeping and it has worked wonders for me aswell. It cost us £3.50 for a 150ml bottle, but despite three of us using it, there is still plenty left.
My daughter is very susceptible to insect bites and she gets quite a nasty reaction to them with swelling and the annoying itching that comes with them, I also suffer a bit but not quite on the same scale as she does, maybe it is bacuase I have built up some sort of resistence that she has not had time to do given her young age.
This product is suitable for children over the age of one and has been a lifeline on our holiday travels when the risk of getting bitten or stung was increased. It is an effective treatment against reactions to stings and bites as well as for the more traditional treatment of hayfever and allergies. The benefit of being in syrup form is that it is a lot easier to get my daughter to take rather than the impossible task of getting her to swallow a tablet. It cost £3.89 for a 150ml bottle and while travelling we were armed with two of these and some antihistamine tablets as well which were mainly for me.
It has a child safety lid so there is no danger of her trying to treat herseslf as it takes a bit of effort to remove it. The syrup itself is not as sweet as I would have liked (my daughter complains about it as well but is very good with taking it although always washed down with some liquid afterwards) as it has quite a bitter taste to it, it is not overly harsh but you do know that you are takling a medicine. What I do like is that it certainly works, the trick is to take it early enough to give it time to start working and to get itself fully into the bloodstream.
It certainly has the effect of reducing the swelling from the reaction and eases the itching sensation from bites, of course the best protection is to noty get bitten in the first place but that is easier said than done in my experience.
My daughter has used this a lot more than I have however neither of us have ever had any sort of reaction to it and it is a mainstay in my cupboard. I tend to use other treatments for when I have hayfever so it is not something I have used for that mainly because I tend to treat the specific areas that react with drops and sprays rather than a general cure all treatment which I do not find as effective however in a bad case I do use this or a tablet in addition to my normal treatments of choice.
Piriton syrup is a product that I have purchased a good number of times over the years as something to help ease allergy issues such as hayfever, insect stings and bites and allergic rashes. I have found that as long as the directions for use are followed correctly, the product has been safe to use and I have found that there have been no issues with reactions to the ingredients in the product.
The product bottle that holds the syrup has a child safety lid attached to it, that should mean it would be difficult for a young child to open. In my opinion the lid does help to stop little hands from trying to open the product bottle, although that alone is not really enough protection for young children in my opinion. I have always stored the product bottle in its box, safely away from areas where children might be able to reach it so as to ensure that the syrup is always safely out of harms way.
The taste of the syrup is not overly nice although I don't feel that it is really dreadful. There is a slightly sweet synthetic taste to the syrup that almost hides the bitterness of the active ingredients, although I wouldn't say that this product has a taste that would appeal to anyone very much. Taking a little of the syrup according to the recommended dose is easy enough to do and once taken the syrup seems to start taking effect after around half an hour to bring down redness and allergic rashes to a more comfortable level.
When taking this product to help relieve hayfever symptoms the results are mostly good, although on days when the pollen count is very high the effects of the syrup are not quite as good in my opinion. Results given with the syrup when it is taken to help reduce bites and stings are generally good, with effects being noticed quite quickly (as the urge to itch bites, stings and rashes is often reduced after just one or two doses).
~Who is this suitable for?~
Piriton is suitable for use by children over the age of one year, as well as older children and adults and I have found that it has worked well with all age groups when used correctly following age and dosage guidlines. The syrup is a good choice for use if a person who cannot swallow tablets has an issue that could be helped by taking some of the product, as the liquid syrup is easier to swallow in my opinion.
~Price / product rating~
The cost of a 150ml bottle of Piriton is around £4 which I feel is reasonable for something that will last a good length of time in a first aid kit due to long expiry dates. One bottle or Piriton holds enough syrup for a good number of treatments, meaning that the cost per treatment is very low. My rating for this product based on my experiences of having used the product is 4 stars as I feel it can be of great help if used with care.
For as long as I can remember I have been plagued with the most horrendous hay fever year after year, it affects me so badly that as soon as there's even the slightest hint of pollen my eyes start to itch terribly, they will start to sting and run becoming red and swollen slits in my face that also fast becomes blotchy and starts to resemble a tin of corned beef. Then my nose will start and in a matter of minutes I can become a snotty wheezy mess with the feeling that I'm drowning in a sea of mucous (not the nicest mental image you'll have today I'm sure but hey ho). As well as my hayfever I'm also unfortunate enough to suffer from dust allergies and for some reason the only animal I happen to be allergic to are cats (not good news when we had a pet moggie for 12 years). I'm not able to swallow tablets and I hate having to crush them so for me, Piriton syrup has been a bit of a godsend throughout my life and is something I've had to rely on every summer and whenever I get an allergy attack.
My mum first put me on Piriton as a child in an effort to alleviate my symptoms, I can't stand most medicines as I find there's not many that are actually palatable but thankfully for me this syrup has a pleasant minty, sweet taste. I find that I can swallow it easily and it doesn't come back on me later on, always a bonus. Piriton is an anti-hystamine and can be used as fast relief for the symptoms of: hayfever and other allergies e.g. pet, house dust mite and mould spore allergies, nettle rash, hives, heat rash, prickly heat and dermatitis and also reactions to food, food additives, medicines and insect bites. I randomly came out in hives a few years ago (to this day I still don't know the cause) and not only did they look unsightly they also itched like mad, I used Piriton and soon the rash started to die down and I started to feel so much better within just a couple of hours.
As with all medications it is extremely important to take the correct dosage, which is displayed clearly here: http://www.piriallergy.com/piri-range/piriton/piriton-syrup.aspx. The product itself is quite sticky and crystalises relatively quickly, we always keep our medications in the fridge and the bottle does get a bit gunked up round the neck. The cap is one of those childproof twisty ones which is great for added safety and hopefully kids won't be able to remove it with ease and potentially drink the contents, though you may want to keep it in a locked medicine cabinet or something for peace of mind. You can get Piriton Syrup from various pharmacies and I've found it invaluable at dealing with my allergies, it works fast and leaves me feeling so much better; I always have a bottle of it at hand just in case.
My daughter has recently been told by her doctor that she seems to be suffering with hayfever which is of no surprise as I suffer with it too. Being only 20 months old she is unable to pinpoint her exact symptoms but her little eyes go red and her nose starts streaming and of course she is quite visibly suffering and of course as a parent I want to make her as comfortable as possible as it is never nice to see your child in any discomfort. Our doctor recommended that we try Piriton Syrup which has been specifically designed for children over 12 months of age so within a matter of a few hours we had been to Boots and purchased a bottle.
I think most of us have heard of the brand Piriton, they are a nationwide supplier of all products made to combat allergies whether to do with pets, hayfever and even mould spore allergies. Whether you want a small tablet to take or swallow the syrup they make products to help ease any discomfort that the allergies may bring. Their products are widely available in supermarkets and pharmacies and obviously the internet so you won't be hard pushed to find one of their products.
Piriton Syrup as stated above has been specifically formulated for children over the age of 12 months so my daughter is more than old enough to have this. It is supposed to help relieve the symptoms of hayfever and other allergies such as house dust/mites as well as nettle rashes, heat rashes, reactions to food and insect bites to name just a few so it isn't a sole health product for hayfever which is good as it is very versatile. Even though it has been branded for children it can be taken by adults too so it isn't limited to just children.
The syrup comes in a dark brown transparent plastic bottle which seems quite robust and comes with a security cap which to undo you need to push down as you are twisting it round. Ideal when it comes to little hands wanting to unscrew the cap! The box it comes in is a orange/gold themed coloured box which features the Piriton logo together with a little image of a baby's face on the middle together with the item name. All around the sides of the box is the usual information one would expect with a health product such as warnings, dosage advice and ingredients etc. There is a more information leaflet inside the box should you want to learn more about the item.
1-2 years - max 2 x 2.5ml spoonfuls in 24 hours
2-6 years - max 6 x 2.5ml spoonfuls in 24 hours
6-12 years - max 6 x 5ml spoonfuls in 24 hours
12 years + - max 12 x 5ml spoonfuls in 24 hours
The syrup itself is hardly of a syrup consistency so don't be fooled when you pour it onto the spoon as you may find you end up spilling some of it as I did when I first tipped up the bottle expecting something far thicker, in fact it has a similar consistency to a normal cough medicine something not as thin as water but not far off! However, my daughter doesn't have an issue with taking the spoonful so I can't moan! The syrup is completely clear in colour and has an aroma which reminds me of linseed. It isn't an overly noticeable aroma but for some reason it reminds me of something with a linseed aroma which to be far makes a change from the usual orange or strawberry flavoured products for kids!
My daughter has no problem taking a small spoonful of this syrup which as a parent makes my life a lot easier trying to get her to take something which will hopefully make her feel a bit better. Because of her age the bottle manages to last quite a while and I very rarely give her the maximum dosage for her age as I simply don't think she needs it. The syrup is quickly swallowed and it doesn't take long for me to notice the changes in my daughter which is obviously great. No longer is she rubbing her eyes and her nose has stopped streaming which for me as a parent is great to see that a health product is actually working and of course it is nice to see my daughter visibly happier that she doesn't have sore, itchy eyes.
Overall, I don't doubt whatsoever that this works for my daughter and although she doesn't take it on a daily basis as I give it to her when I see fit it definitely works and lasts throughout the days that she does have it. It provides her with the relief she needs which overall makes for a happier child so I would highly recommend this for any child suffering with hayfever - I can't comment on other allergies as my daughter doesn't have any. I have myself tried and tested this syrup just to see what it is like for an adult but for me it had minimal effect and I had to keep having another dose every few hours so for me personally this isn't great but for my daughter it works a treat. Definitely a recommendation for parents with children who are hayfever sufferers. 5 stars from me.
~ Useful Information ~
Size: 150ml bottle
Availability: Pharmacists and online
Price: £4.49 - Boots (Jun12)
~ This review will also be published on Ciao under my username PerfectPeaches01 ~
Piriton Syrup; is used to treat the allergic symptoms of hayfever and other allergies / The active ingredient is chlorphenamine maleate, an antihistamine which can help to relieve the symptoms of some allergies and itchy skin rashes / It can be used to treat the itchiness, redness, swelling, tenderness and irritation that can be caused by: -hayfever and other allergies e.g pet, house dust mite and mould spore allergies, -nettle rash and hives, -skin allergies and dermatitis, -prickly heat and heat rash, -reaction to food, food additives or medicines, -insect bites and stings, -the itchy rash of chickenpox.