“ Manufacturer: Asda / Health Aid: Fever & Pain / Age: 3 months+ „
~ Asda Infants & Childrens Paracetamol Suspension ~
Having a teething baby is no fun for anyone least of all them and it's all you can do is to try and help them along in anyway you can, this usually being in the forms of teething gels, paracetamols, teethers and lots of cuddles.
My 11 month old has been teething since approximately four months of age, he started with the red cheeks and the constant drooling over everything and his first tooth started coming through a few weeks later.
I bought Calpol and Bonjela to help with the pain as well as many different teethers for him to chew on. I found that the combination worked brilliantly and it lasted us through many more teeth, however what with having more children in the house who have had various ailments over the period he was teething we ran out of Calpol and before I had a chance to replace it my little one started teething again and seemed to be in a bit of pain.
Knowing the Calpol had run out I sent my hubby up to Asda to get some pronto!
He came back with Asda Infants & Childrens Paracetamol Suspension as there was no Calpol availble at the time and having used it in the past I was more than willing to try it again with my son.
My son was cutting two of his back teeth (he now has 10 teeth in total!), he was grisly, upset and generally not himself so I poured out the recommended dosage of 5ml and gave it to him.
This medicine comes packaged in a purple cardboard box which features all the relevent information. This includes that it is suitable for babies 3 months +.
Inside the box is a brown coloured glass bottle filled with 100ml of the paracetamol suspension. It has a child proof (also me proof!) lid which I have difficulty in opening and I don't know why but that is not limited to this bottle alone as I struggle with all medicine bottles. The is a label around the bottle stating the same information as the box, the dosage instructions are also printed on this so you can throw the box into the recycling.
Also included in the box is a white plastic dosage spoon, this has two ends, one 2.5ml the other 5ml, there is also a leaflet.
Being used to using Calpol I was pretty much expecting the same from this, however I found it to be of a more runnier consistancy than Calpol which is quite thick and gloopy, it pours out of the bottle very easily maybe a little to easily as the first time I thought it came out a little to fast and I spilled a little!
The smell and taste is also different to Calpol, this has a very fake strawberry scent and taste but it is not really unpleasant after all it is medicine. It tastes fine ... Yep I licked the spoon afterwards!
But the main point to make is that this medicine does work. Within half an hour or son my son was a lot more cheery and more himself, he even ate for me, which he had earlier refused to do.
I think it works in the exact same way as Calpol so therefore I would recommend it highly.
This is available in Asda or at www.asda.com and costs just £1.50 which is of course brilliant value compared to the more expensive brands.
Thanks for reading :o) x
I used to be a big brand follower when it came to medicines for my daughter, but then I realised how much cheaper stores own brand medicine was compared to named brands I was shocked. I now buy this Asda paracetamol suspension for my daughter instead of Calpol.
--- Price and dosage ---
Asda's paracetamol suspension comes in a 100ml bottle for £1.60. It's available from Asda stores or if you do your grocery shopping online, there too. It is also available in sachet form.
3 to 12 month olds - 2.5ml to 5ml
1 year and above - 5ml to 10ml
No more than 4 doses in a 24 hour period.
--- Paracetamol suspension ---
The packaging isn't going to win any awards for best design. It is just a basic purple cardboard box with the product information and a cute picture of a teddy bear on the front. Inside the box comes the 100ml bottle, a measuring medicine spoon and an information leaflet with dosage information, warnings, side effects etc.
The medicine is pretty much the same as Calpol, is has a sweet strawberry taste but it's sugar free so good for your childs teeth. It has quite a thick, sticky consistency to it, so instead of using the medicine spoon included, I use a syringe instead. It's less messy and my daughter loves taking it with the syringe.
This paracetamol suspension has the same effect as Calpol, around half an hour after taking the required dose my daughter seems more like herself and if she has a temperature it definitely drops back down again. The effects will last for about 3 hours, so it isn't long before she can have another dose if it is needed.
I'd definitely recommend this Asda paracetamol suspension, it costs pennies compared to Calpol but does exactly the same thing. My daughter will take it without a fuss and it is effective. Tesco's own brand seems to be the same as Asda's and I'd recommend that too!
I truely believe that the supermarkets brands are as good as the branded products and so this is what I always buy so when my daughter was having tummy problems and was in pain I had no reason not to buy Asdas own brand of paracetamol rather than the much more expensive Calpol. I have now used many different versions of supermarket paracetamol from when my little one wa having immunisations to teething to bringing temperatures down and it does the job that is required.
The packaging has actually changed since the above picture and the box is now in purple, pink and white with a little teddy bear pictured on it, the packaging is eye catching and eay to spot on the shelf because of it's colours.
My daughter tells me that this medicine tastes nice although I haven't tried it myself but my younger daughter who isn't able to talk properly yet has no objections taking the medicine either. The liquid itself is pink in colour which always pleases my daughter and is quite thick which of course helps it to stay on the spoon while you administer it, the liquid is very sticky and no matter what I do the bottle seems to get sticky too.
The dosages are clearly printed on the box and the bottle which is made of brown glass with a white childproof lid,
3 months - 1 year = 1/2 to 1 5ml spoonful every 4 hours with a max of 4 doses in any 24hours
1 year - 6 years = 1 to 2 5ml spoonfuls every 4 hours with a max of 4 doses in any 24hours
6 years - 12 years = 2 to 4 5ml spoonfuls every 4 hours with a max of 4 doses in any 24hours
On the box it advises that you should not give this medicine to your child for more than 3 days without consulting a doctor and you should not give to children under 3 months of age except for a post immunisation fever when you can give one 2.5mls dose followed by another 6 hours later.
I have tried the Calpol brand as foolishly when my first daughter was born I believed that by buying her Calpol I was giving her the best, I have since tried near enough every supermarket brand of paracetamol and I know that this one works just aswell as the rest. This seems to help bring a temoperature down within about 20-30 minutes although since my children get really bad temperatures I do usually team this with Ibuprofen. Fior pain relief I would say this medicine seems to make the children feel better within about 30 minutes which although obviously when it is your children you want them out of pain straight away I don't thinbk this length of time is unacceptable. This product is great and at around £2 a bottle it is about half the price of Calpol.
When my son was a baby I was very much of the mindset that branded meant better. However after time On Money Saving Expert I came to my senses that I was throwing my money down the drain and that cheaper alternatives are just as good if not better and so when the bottle of Calpol ran out I decided to have a look and see if there was an alternate option to make my son feel better when he was ill. After browsing Asda I came across their version of a paracetamol medicine and comparing the ingredients between this and Calpol I found that there was a lot of similarities so it was really the brand name I was paying for. There were two flavours available a regular one and a strawberry, as my son is a huge lover of strawberry I went for this flavour.
The bottle contained 100mls and cost just £1.80!! This was an excellent price especially when Calpol costs between £3-£4 per bottle. Within the box which holds the bottle there is also a dosage spoon, one side was 2.5ml and the other is 5ml, there are specific instructions on the box on the amount allowed to be given. 3-12 months is 2.5ml and 1+ is 1 - 2 5ml spoons. There is advise that if you have to continue usage of this product for 3 days to take the poorly child to the doctor and of course do not exceed the dosage. There is also a childproof cap which requires you to press and twist which is important in regards to safety.
I haven't actually tried this myself but my son assures me it it yummy and I am pleased that he now is willing to take medicine. Beforehand we had a real problem with getting him to take anything but he has been much more responsive to this which is a great advantage for me anyway!
I found that this was just as good Calpol and gave the exact same results, it is a cheaper price and the ingredients are almost exactly the same so there really isn't much point in wasting your money on something that is going to do a great job and save your pocket. My son is a huge fan of the teddy on the box and now teddy has to have some medicine too, I do think this is more appealing to the children than the Calpol box. I would recommend this to any parent who has a sickly child.
With three young children in the house I always have calpol or something simiar in the house as it always comes in handy for when they are poorly or have had injections. When I found out that we were running low on calpol and my youngest had just had his injections I asked my partner to pick up a bottle on his way home from work.
When he arrived home I found that he had actually brought a bottle of asdas childrens and infants paracetom for£1.80 as he did not see any different apart from the brand name. The size of the bottle was 100ml Inside the box you also get a spoon to give your child the medicine with both 2.5 and 5 ml mesurments. Dosage is 2.5ml - 5ml 3 - 12 months old and for 1 years + 1 to 2 spoon full's. As usual consult your doctor and do not exceed dosage.
It has a strawbeery flavour to it to make it more appealing to children and although I have never taken it my children do not seem to mind the taste of it and it keeps them happy. Within around 20 mins of taking it there fever and symptoms seem to reduce and the medicine seems to continue to do it's magic for around 3 hours.
I found this to be just as good as calpol it does the same job at a cheaper price and I have now switched to using this. My children noticed no difference and were actually more co operative in taking it as they were intrested by the teddy bear character on the box. I would reccomend this to anyone who has children that need a little help when they are poorly.
I have only recently been shopping at Asda on a more frequent basis and it was while checking out their pharmacy and toiletries section that I came across this infant suspension that was about 80p cheaper than the Calpol brand, a 100ml bottle cost me about £1.80 and given that it is just as effective as Calpol I certainly will not be going back.
The medicine contains paracetomol and comes with a 2.5ml / 5 ml measuring spoon (the spoon is double ended with the different measures at opposite ends) so you can ensure that you deliver the right dose. It is a sugar free medicine however it still manages to smell sickly sweet and feintly of strawberries which is in fact the flavour it claims to be however it also has a rather bubblegum taste when I gave my finger a lick after spilling some, very sickly sweet anyway but my little girls seems to like it and I have no problem getting her to take this when she is ill.
It certainly works no different to Calpol, I started to see a lowering of my little girls temperature within the hour and it also helped her get off to sleep. Given that it is just as effective as the named brand in my opinion it makes good sense to stick with it.
The child proof bottle is easy to open for an adult but awkward enough and requiring just enough force to keep it out of the reach of young hands, not a problem for me at the moment but it will be an issue one day.
I would certainly recommend this medicine as it works well on colds and temperatures and helps to reduce temperatures and helps your child sleep. You should read the instructions before using this medicine.
Although I am more than aware that Calpol and other paracetamol based infant suspensions that contain paracetamol are exactly the same, I have to admit that I usually opt to purchase Calpol simply as a matter of habit! Its silly really because, as a paediatric and neonatal nurse, I am more than conscious of the fact that paracetamol is paracetamol and the brand is pretty much irrelevant. Obviously, buying brand versions of a medication are usually more expensive than buying a non-brand version - and so it makes sense to go for a non-brand version. With this in mind, last time my toddler had a flu / cold illness, I opted to buy a non-brand version of infant paracetamol suspension, which, in this case was Asda's Infant's & Children's Paracetamol Suspension.
A bottle which contains 100 mls of the infant suspension cost me £1.77 from Asda, compared to £2.70 for the Calpol equivalent from the same store. There are 120 mg of paracetamol in every 5 mls, and as my little darling requires to have 10 mls (2 teaspoons) for each dose, this means that the dose prices differ considerably, with 17p for the Asda version, and 27p for the Calpol version. I feel that this is quite a difference, especially if you have a number of unwell children (which is usually the case as one gets it and then they all do!) at a time.
The suspension is very similar to Infant Calpol in appearance, content and taste. It has a nice strawberry flavour (well, I think its disgusting and I also think the Calpol version is disgusting, but children seem to universally like it!) - and so I have no problem encouraging my son to take it. He has always taken Calpol without any problem and he didn't mention that he thought this medicine was different to Calpol and so it survived the taste challenge. It is also sugar free but obviously sweet enough to be palatable to a little person.
Within the box, there was also a complimentary plastic medicine spoon which had a 2.5 ml spoon at one end and a 5 ml spoon at the other spoon. I can't really comment on the spoon design itself because I always use one of my own teaspoons - but it is there if you want to use it, and I guess it would be useful if we were going out and about.
As I would have suspected, the effect of the Asda Infant's & Children's Paracetamol Suspension was exactly the same as I would have expected with the Calpol version. It reduced his fever within about 30 minutes and made him feel "better" within the same time frame.
The Asda Infant's & Children's Paracetamol Suspension comes in a childproof bottle which is obviously good for safety when you have little children in the house (especially when they actually like the medicine!).
Having tried it, I will definitely opt to buy supermarkets own brands of paracetamol infact suspension in future because I just don't see the point in spending more when the quality is actually exactly the same.
I happened to be in Asda when I need some more liquid paracetamol for my son and they had an offer of an alternative Cherry flavour the strawberry flavour which is shown in the image. I usually buy Morrison's own brand paracetamol which is strawberry flavour but for some reason thought it might be a change
The dosage is clearly marked on the side of the bottle and on the box
For children 3months - 1year - 1/2 - one 5ml spoonful up to 4 times a day
For children 1year - 6years - one to two 5ml spoonfuls up to 4 times a day
For children 6years - 12years - two to four 5ml spoonfuls up to 4 times a day
The bottle warns not to give this to any child under 3months except for post immunisation fever. In this instance, a 2.5ml spoonful may be given and another 6 hours later if required.
The medicine bottle does come with a double sided spoon which is what I used now my son is three but as a baby it was given to him through a syringe. This is something that Lloyd's chemist has given for free but everywhere else I have been charged. Make sure the bottle is shaken well before removing the top to ensure the paracetamol is given is given in a consistent dose on each occasion.
Child proof top
The word child proof is a word I would sooner change my son actually managed to open the top to this when I was in the kitchen and he was two years of age. This bottle is how I discovered that while a bottle may say child proof it doesn't mean that your child can't open the bottle.
I always strongly advise talking to the pharmacist or GP if you are worried about your child's health. Unless it is something I have received advice on I always speak to the Pharmacist and have found them to be very helpful.
Liquid paracetamol was advised when my son had his baby immunisations even though less than 3 months to combat any temperatures caused by the injection. I have mainly used liquid Calpol for two reasons, teething and temperatures. There are a number of medications for teething but liquid paracetamol was the only thing that seemed to work for my son. Temperatures can be quite dangerous in babies and young children if the temperature is not coming down I have been advised to use a combination of Ibuprofen and paracetamol.
My son made his objections to the taste of this medicine in no doubt and spat it out and while he previously has liked strawberry flavour he was not going to take this. I gave the bottle to my neighbour whose children were content to use this but for me I shall be sticking to the strawberry flavour.
The paracetamol base is the same quantity in all paracetamol liquids and unless you have an awareness of an allergy to a particular with an ingredient then I suggest you buy shop brand as it is significantly cheaper than Calpol. I also recommend if you have a medicine that works and your child or baby is comfortable with the taste then don't bother trying a new flavour. My son does now like the Cherry flavour but has since tried the strawberry and he doesn't seem to notice any difference from Calpol or Morrison's Liquid paracetamol
Always seek medical advice if you are concerned about your Childs health. Ensure correct dosage is given and if any error is made also seek medical advice
Side effects .
You are advised that is your child experiences any of these symptoms to contact doctor immediately
Skin rashes or any sign of allergic reaction
unexpected bruising, bleeding, persistent tiredness or increase in infections
As an Asda own brand product obviously is only available at Asda and a 100mls bottle costs £1.77.
As much as we would love to keep our children 100% healthy, this is not always possible. Coming into contact with other children, humans and the environment in general may cause illnesses. Children can also get ear infections, stomach aches and the most common...teething pains. Sometimes an ice cold teething ring just won't cut it and we need something a bit stronger to soothe them.
This is the Asda Infant's and Children's Paracetamol Suspension which is suitable from 3months onwards. This comes in liquid form and is designed to provide relief of mild to moderate pain and mainly teething pain and the reduction of fever.
It is sugar free and strawberry flavour.
Asda have changed the packaging from the one shown in the image. The bottle comes in an outer cardboard box which is purple and has a small teddy bear on the front. The parcetamol name, dosage, suitablility and size are on the front. There is also Braille.
The back of the box has the ingredients, dosage information and warnings. The side of the box has more warnings and contact details for Asda.
The paracetamol comes in a small, dumpy plastic bottle which is a brown shade but you can still see through it. It comes complete with a white safety cap. The label around the bottle has all the same information as the box so it isn't neccessary to keep the box.
Inside the box there is also a leaflet with the same information again.
The paracetamol itself is a baby pink colour and is of medium consistency.
The medicine comes with a double ended spoon. One side is 2.5ml and the other is 5ml. Give the bottle a shake and pour the following dosages :
For children 3months - 1year - 1/2 - one 5ml spoonful up to 4 times a day
For children 1year - 6years - one to two 5ml spoonfuls up to 4 times a day
For children 6years - 12years - two to four 5ml spoonfuls up to 4 times a day
The bottle warns not to give this to any child under 3months except for post immunisation fever. In this instance, a 2.5ml spoonful may be given and another 6hours later if required.
-do not give with any other paracetamol products
-talk to your doctor if problems continue
-do not give if your child is allergic to paracetamol or any other ingredients in the list
-do not exceed the stated doses
Side effects are rare with paracetamol but to cover themselves, Asda have advised to contact your doctor immediately if your child developes any of the following symptoms :
-skin rashes or any sign of allergic reaction
-unexpected bruising, bleeding, persistent tiredness or increase in infections.
Each 5ml spoonful contains 120mg of paracetamol. Other ingredients include hydrogenated glucose syrup containing sorbitol (E420) and Maltitol (E965), sodium methylparaben (E219), sodium propylparaben (E217)
*Availability and Price*
This can only be bought from Asda and can be found alongside the medicines and tablet aisle. It can be bought over the counter without prescription. A 100ml bottle will cost £1.77.
When my son was at nursery, every second week, he would be picking up various infections. He wouldn't sleep or eat and me and his daddy would be climbing the walls. Being an overprotective mum, I was never away from the doctors and he was prescribed Amoxicillin (delicious banana medicine). The doctor also recommend paracetamol. I usually bought Calpol but at over £2.00 a bottle, I searched for a cheaper alternative. I began to use Boots own make however ran out a few weeks ago and picked up this whilst doing the shop at Asda.
Now that my son has left nursery, he is rarely ill however he does occasionally burn up. Last week he was burning up with a sore mouth and sore tummy. I gave him 2 5ml spoonfuls of this medicine and within 30mins he was settled. I try only giving it to him at bedtime but will give it to him during the day if he is really needing it. Tonight he is not feeling well with a sore ear and to tide us over until the doctors reopens on Monday, I have got the bottle of paracetamol out.
The child proof cap is quite difficult to open ever for me so this is a good sign. I keep my bottle hidden up in a high cupboard so unless my son learns to levitate, he won't get near it! The little spoon supplied is rather awkward as the 5ml size is really deep and therefore my son cannot get the full amount from it without getting his tongue right in! I decided to use the spoon that I got with the Boots paracetamol which isn't so deep.
The paracetamol pours out easy as is a good consistency. Not too runny that it spills everywhere and not too thick that my son will have trouble digesting. It is a baby pink shade and isn't quite as intense as Calpol. I did do a taste test (is it only mean who loves the taste of childrens medicines?) and the paracetamol was quite sweet and did taste of strawberries so I can imagine most children liking it.
My son was all ready for bed and getting agitated so I pours him 2 5ml spoonfuls and he gobbled it down with a "aww tank you mummy" and progressed to read his new Thomas the Tank book. That was about 30mins ago and he is out like a light. Hopefully this will be all night but judging by the accident he had on his sheets before bed, I can see this being a long weekend!
I would recommend this paracetmol, it is cheaper than Calpol and does the same job well. It is always ideal to have a bottle in the cupboard as you never know when you may need it.
Thanks for reading.
I have only recently discovered (well in the last 6-8 months) that you can buy children's paracetamol that isn't Calpol! This may seem a bit strange coming from a mother of a 3 year old and a 1 year old. But the reason for this is that my eldest daughter never particularly suffered with any sort of pain or temperatures during the first couple of years of her life, but being the good mother than I am, I had a bottle of Calpol in the cupboard on standby for when she needed it. It seemed to last forever, I never found myself browsing the medicine aisles in supermarkets.
Then arrived her baby sister.
Her first 6 months passed relatively easily, with the odd tummy upset or runny nose here and there, but then she started teething at about 7 months (she got 16 teeth in about 5 months), and since that point she has had ailment after ailment including things ranging from chest & ear infections to minor colds, sickness bugs, viral infections, you name it, she's probably had it. So I now feel like am I best friends with the man in our local chemist, and I know the inside of our doctor's surgery like the back of my hand. My point is, I didn't realise you could get other pain relief for babies until my Doctor prescribed some Medinol for her and the ingredients were exactly the same as Calpol. I always just thought Calpol was Calpol and that's what you gave to babies.
Anyway (a long intro I know!), so after I had discovered that was an alternative I checked out the medicine aisle in Asda and to my surprise found this - Asda's own brand of infant & children's paracetamol suspension! It's comes in a purple box, similar to the colours of Calpol (not as in the picture on Dooyoo), which I think is a handy trick because you may mistake it for Calpol, and then realise it isn't Calpol, but then notice the price, check the ingredients, and into your trolley it goes!
It literally has the same content as Calpol and has 120mg of paracetamol per 5ml and is recommended for 'relief of mild to moderate pain, including teething pain, and reducing fever'. It is also sugar free and tastes like strawberry. It has a slightly different taste to Calpol, and the colour is not quite as luminous, but I think it has a pleasant taste, and the main thing is neither of my daughters have noticed the difference (not that my youngest one would anyway because she has had that many different medicines pumped into her that she hasn't a clue what she's having most of the time!)
It seems to do the job just as well as Calpol, my youngest usually perks up within 30 minutes of taking a dose and can go back to her naughty little self, until it wears off and I have to top her up. It also usually reduces her temperature effectively (depending on how high it is in the first place, her temperature has a habit of shooting through the roof and sometimes this doesn't bring it down as far as I would like).
I can never differentiate between whether it's her teeth that are causing her all these illnesses, or whether it is something else. Her teeth came through pretty quickly, and at the same time she was suffering from all sorts of other things, so I can't say for sure whether it reduced her teething pain because there was always that much going on. But I know it has always perked her up when she has been under the weather, so it really gets the thumbs up from me.
The one problem I have with this is the spoon provided. It's one of those double ended ones with a 2.5ml on one end and 5ml on the other. The problem with it is the shape of the bowl of the spoon, it does not have smooth curve as you get with the Calpol spoon, it has a deep lip around the edge and this prevents your child from getting the entire contents of the spoon in their mouth, it ultimately stops the smooth action of sliding it in and out of their mouth.
I'm not sure if that makes sense, but if you have a child who may not enjoy taking medicine, then this spoon will hinder you even further, because there is no 'shove it in and pull it straight out again with contents left in your child's mouth' - it's more 'shove it in, waggle it about, tip it up a bit, turn it upside down, bring it back out again and still find half the dosage in the bottom of the spoon'. Save all your Calpol spoons because you will need them!!!!
Dosage is the same as Calpol, every four hours:
2.5ml -5ml for children 3 months to 1 year.
5ml-10ml for children 1 to 6 years.
10ml to 20ml for children 6 to 12 years.
For a 100ml bottle you can expect to pay £1.77 from Asda compared to £2.50 for Calpol.
My sixteen month old son is teething currently and so I've been using an awful lot of Calpol and Children's Nurofen. On a shopping trip to Asda this week I was going to buy Calpol but then I saw Asda's own Infant and Children's Paracetamol Suspension. Now at £1.00 less, per 100ml, than Calpol I had to stop and think: Being on maternity leave, with the meagre amount of statutory maternity pay, we're a bit short of money. So I was stuck with the problem: do I pay the extra £1.00 and be sure that my son wasn't in any pain at all with the tried and trusted brand or do I save money and take a chance that it won't work as well. I feel guilty for this but I took the chance, my parents tend to buy the Lidl version and that always seems to work well.
The packaging is different from the picture on this website. It's a bright purple coloured box with a lighter purple stripe down the side. Instead of a small child, like on the Calpol, there's a picture of a rather forlorn looking teddy bear. All the information is written on s white background making it quite easy to read. Inside the box is a leaflet containing the necessary information. The bottle is a very sturdy plastic with the usual child proof lid. It didn't come with a measuring spoon.
As I said I bought it and the pound saved went into the holiday fund. They both operate on the same dosages because they both have 120mg of paracetamol in 5ml of medicine. So they should both be as effective as each other, which was what finally swung it for me. So I got home and by this time the last dose of Calpol I'd given had begun to wear off and my toddler was getting rather grumpy and chewing his fingers a lot. After making my toddler wait while I was scrabbling around to find the medicine syringe, there being no spoon in the box, I gave my son the correct dose. He pulled his face and didn't ask for more, which showed it didn't taste as nice as Calpol as my son always asks for more, my elder son who is three has had it since and he doesn't think it tastes as nice, neither do I though. The taste is a very artificial strawberry flavour.
The most important thing though is does it work? Well I can't be positive because I haven't used it for myself but all the evidence shows that it does work. A short while after my toddler took it his outlook on life was a lot brighter. My elder son took it and didn't complain of having a sore tummy again. I can't be sure that it lasts as long as Calpol because when my children are teething I use it in conjunction with Ibuprofen normally so they don't normally get chance to wear off.
Will I buy it again? You bet your bottom dollar I will, each time saving a £1.00, meaning we might actually get to go away some time in the next few years lol.
If you feel that I've mentioned Calpol a lot it's because, for me, it's a direct comparison with Calpol.
I rarely use any medication with my son, as to be honest he rarely needs it. I only tend to get it to him if he has a really bad cold and appears to be 'out of sorts'. I know that when I have a cold I tend to have a sore throat, ears, nose and headache so imagine that it is similar for babies and young children, who can not communicate with words yet. I know some parents who insist on Calpol with the slightest sniffle or whimper and some who have used it to settle their young babies at night. I would much rather not give my 14 month old any medication unless he really needs something.
Back in the summer when we were going on holiday I wanted to get a few bits and bobs for a 'first aid kit' and whilst I was looking at the Calpol and Nurofen I discovered this Asda Infant's & Children's Paracetamol Suspension priced at just £1.00 for a 100ml bottle. The equivalent size is Calpol was more than double that. I also saw that Asda did this is sachets (5ml), a box of ten was £1.00. I opted for the sachets as I felt they would be easier on holiday and I good take a couple in my hand luggage also without the worry of jobsworth airport staff taking the bottle off me (a whole other story - yes I am bitter about it!!).
I still buy these sachets now and noticed that the packaging has changed and is a purple and pink colour now.
Both the bottle and sachets include a spoon with a 2.5ml measure and 5ml measure. I tend to find it easier to administer with a syringe (orally). Babies aged 3-6 months are recommended a dose of 2.5ml / 4 hourly up to four times a day and babies 6+months are recommended a dose of 5ml / 4 hourly up to 4 times a day of this syrupy pink mixture.
This oral paracetamol is suitable for babies and children aged 3+ months.
Like I said before, I don't use this often but a couple of weeks ago Jake had a really bad cold accompanied by a nasty cough and bit of a fever. I gave him a dose of this and within ten minutes he was much happier, had a bottle of milk and went to sleep quite comfortably.
I would recommend that you at least try this if you currently use Calpol or other branded infant paracetamol. I buy the sachets because I use it so infrequently and this means I can take a couple of sachets with me rather than the whole bottle.
The only negative thing I would mention is that when using a syringe it was very difficult (well, actually impossible) to draw up the entire 5ml dose direct for the sachet. Having said that, Asda have provided a medicine spoon with this and there is no problem this way, so I guess I should not complain! Oh, and it is really stickly!
Recommended - great for infant fevers and pains