“ Brand: Boots / Type: Baby Paracetamol „
~*~*~ Boots Pain Relief Paracetamol Suspension ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is a paracetamol based medicine very similar to the more well known brand Calpol. This can be used with children from 3 months old.
Being an own brand product the price is cheaper than the bigger brands.
~ Price & Availability ~
This is a Boots own product so can be bought from Boots stores or online only. It has a fair price of £2.25.
~ Why I bought it ~
I usually buy these types of products from the supermarket where they cost in the region of £1.50(ish) but I was shopping in a retail park with my son who was a little under the weather with a cold when I realised I had forgotten to pack the medicine from home, there is little choice of shops to choose from when buying medicines etc in the retail park so I had no other option than to pop into Boots.
I spotted this medicine and noticed that it came with a syringe so I bought it. My son needed something as he was getting grumpy and refusing sleep so the quicker I could give him the medicine the better.
I am pretty sure when I bought it, there was an offer on and I am sure I paid under £2 for it but I could be thinking of something else! Anyway the RRP of £2.25 isn't a bad one anyway.
~ Effects ~
My son had already had medicine in the morning and he seemed fine for a while and that is why I decided to get him out of the house for a bit of fresh air after being cooped up at home for the last couple of days, after an hour or so of shopping and getting a bite to eat he became restless again and that was when I nipped into Boots and bought this. I gave him the 5ml of medicine as directed and used the syringe provided. He seemed to perk up within 15 minutes or so and was happy to go and get a balloon from a nearby shop.
After finishing off the shopping we headed home and he fell asleep on the bus, I am sure the medicine helped him drop off as he had been fighting it like crazy!
I have used again since for my other children too and they all say it makes them better, even my 12yr old takes this rather than tablets as he has difficulty in swallowing them and he notices that his headache will go pretty much soon after he has taken a dose of this.
~ Overall ~
I would recommend it but I do find that all infant paracetamol's work in the same way. I tend to opt to buy mine from Asda or even in discount stores usually and these too have the same effect, I do find that they all work as well as the branded Calpol too so there is no need to go out and spend a lot of something when cheaper products are just as good.
This has a strawberry flavour and is sugar free but it still smells sweet to me, my children love the taste of this so I do have to check that they do actually need it rather than pulling a fast one! I had no problems in getting any of them to take the medicine due to the nice flavour so it was a winner.
Thanks for reading :o) x
This is a review of Boots Pain Relief Paracetamol Suspension 3 Months Plus which I bought recently as I like to keep a bottle in for when our eldest daughter is poorly. I am signed up to the Boots Parent Club which is part of the Clubcard scheme and you often get sent vouchers for baby related items. I bought my bottle of Boots Pain Relief Paracetamol Suspension 3 Months Plus with a voucher and got about 50p discount I think.
What is it?
Effective relief from pain & fever. Relief of cold and flu symptoms and fever after vaccination. Each 5ml of oral suspension contains Paracetamol 120mg.
The bottle is 100 ml and comes in a cardboard box. Inside is a syringe so you can squirt the liquid in to your child or baby's mouth. I thought this was good as I have had to buy these separately in the past. The actual bottle is glass with a tamper proof lid.
The liquid inside is bright pink and dribbles out of the stopper style lid. I use a spoon as my two year old daughter prefers this now although I did use the syringe style when she was tiny. Taste wise, I have had a try to see what it is like and it tastes all sweet and strawberry flavoured although it is sugar free.
The doses are listed on the side of the bottle and the advice leaflet. We use 7.5 ml as a dose for our two year old and it advises you leave four hours between doses as it contains paracetamol.
A lot of people claim this type of medicine sends their kids to sleep but I am not sure this is true of our lively daughter. She will happily take this medicine though which is a bonus and we do use it when she is under the weather. At the moment she has a bad cold so we are giving her this and I feel it has eased her cold symptoms but we will have to ride out the cold until she is rid of it.
I do think this is comparable to other well known brands of liquid paracetamol for children. I like that they include a syringe so you have that option for younger children. When our new baby is old enough I am sure she will be introduced to this medicine when she is ill.
A 100ml bottle costs £2.49 and is only available from Boots. You do get the Boots points as well though.
I think this compares well to the well known brand Calpol and flavour wise, my daughter prefers this to the ASDA's own brand version (although they are all pink and strawberry flavoured). I will definitely repurchase this medicine in the future and feel it has helped relieve the suffering our daughter has had with her cold.
My one year old daughter goes through bad bouts of teething, when she seems to live on calpol, and so I find myself buying new bottles very frequently. When my usual chemist was out of calpol and we desperately a new bottle, I headed to Boots, although I knew it was likely to be more expensive. I was about to pick up a bottle of Calpol, when my Mum who was with me suggested I try the Boots own version. To be honest, for no apparent reason, this had never crossed my mind, and yet I would always buy supermarket own brand paracetamol tablets, so I thought it was worth a try given that it was a lot cheaper. In fact, a 100ml bottle of the Boots own paracetamol Suspension costs £2.49, which is generally at least 50p of £1 less expensive than Calpol.
This paracetamol suspension states on the front of the box that it is suitable for children from 3 months plus. On the front, it also claims to be effective in the relief of pain and fever associated with post vaccinations or cold and flu. I began to think this wasn't what I wanted since it was to treat my daughter's teething pain, but on the side of the box, it lists what other symptoms this paracetamol can be used to treat, and one of them is teething pain.
Like Calpol, this Boots paracetamol is Strawberry flavour so it goes down well with my sweet toothed daughter. It is also sugar free, which I think is very important, especially if we were to give it to her before bed or during the night. The other thing that makes this different from calpol, is the way it is given to the child. Calpol comes with a premeasured plastic spoon, this has a dosage syringe. You need to tip the bottle upside down whilst inserting the syringe into the mouth of the bottle and then carefully withdraw taking up the paracetamol liquid to the correct amount. Now, during the day, if my daughter is teething, I have no problem with getting her to take the Calpol off the spoon, but in the middle of the night, if she wakes crying because of sore gums, then she won't take it from a spoon., so having a syringe is very very useful at night, and we find that we can get the medicine into my daughters mouth easily that way and know she is getting pain relief.
On the side of the box, there is also the information about dosage given the child's age, but at present my daughter is taking one 5ml dosage, which seems to be effective in reducing the pain, after about 20 - 30 minutes.
Ever since buying this bottle I have been using it to get through this period of teething and in fact, my daughter woke in the middle of the night last night crying sore and we knew from the way she was acting it was sore gums. We gave this to her using the syringe which she will let us do at night, and even after getting it she settled a little, but it was after about 20 minutes that we thought she had started to calm and settle and then after that she slept sound until morning.
So to be honest, I notice no difference in this product in comparison to Calpol. It offers the same pleasant sweet taste to my daughter, it is sugar free, it is easy to give to my daughter especially with the syringe at night, and most importantly it is as effective as Calpol - so why pay any more just for a brand name!
When I was taking my youngest daughter for her immunisations I realised that I didn't have any medicine in for her in case she developed a temperature and as there is a small Boots store at the back of our doctors surgery I decided to go and buy some to be on the safe side. I tend to use supermarket brands for things like this and had never used the Boots version before but could see no reason this wouldn't be as good as the rest.
The bottle I bought contained 200mls of product and was on offer at the time at save 1/3 so I got it for £2.79 but it is normally £4.18 which is no where near as cheap as the supermarket versions.
The medicine is packaged in a purple box with the boots logo in the top corner and the name of the product written on in white, it states for 3 months and up and this is written to look like a drip of medicine is falling from the wording. The picture on the bottle is of a little boy looking happy which I guess is supposed to mean use this medicine and your child will be happy again. It states on the box, it can be used to relieve the symptoms of colds, flu, headache, toothache, other pains, and to reduce a fever (including fever after vaccination at 2 months). Inside the box there are a set of instructions, a double ended white spoon with 2.5mls and 5mls dosages and a plastic bottle with a white childproof lid on which of course holds the medicine.
The dosage information is on the box, on the bottle and also on the instruction leaflet so you should be well aware of what your child can have,
2-3 months old - 2.5mls every 4-6 hours with a max of 2 doses in 24 hours
3-12 months old 2.5mls - 5mls every 4-6 hours with a max of 4 doses in 24 hours
1-6 years 1 - 2 5mls spoonfuls every 4-6 hours with a max of 4 doses in 24 hours
Each 5mls of the medicine contains 120mg of paracetamol.
I have been told by my eldest daughter that this medicine tastes nice, it is strawberry flavoured and that is usually a hit in our house. To use the medicine an adult simply presses down on the childproof lid whilst turning it to release and then in my case I use a syringe to draw up the correct dosage. I personally find giving medicine much easier with a syringe than a spoon even with my eldest daughter. The medicine is thick and so easy not to drip all over although I still always get sticky when using it but I think this is the same with all of the paracetamol medicines.
This medicine takes about 25-30 minutes to take effect which seems like years when you have a screaming baby on your hands but really is an acceptable time in my opinion, of all the paracetamol medine we have tried I have found that none are particularily any faster than the others. The medicine seems to generally work for the fuill four hours with pain however it does seem to wear off earlier with a temperature as my daughters temperature seems to start rising again before the full 4 hours is up. I would recommend this medicine for how it works but the price is much higher than the likes of Asda whose product is only £2.
I know that the most well known version of paediatric paracetamol is Calpol but I really don't believe in paying out extra for a brand simply because it is more well known known. Most supermarket brands of childrens' paracetamol contain exactly the same active ingredient as Calpol and so experience have shown me that it really isn't worth paying out more for exactly the same.
Boots Pain Relief Paracetamol Suspension comes in two forms, either in a bottle or in individual sachets. I bought this suspension in the bottle form where it comes in a plastic bottle with a screw top child-proof lid. The bottle contains 200ml of the suspension. The bottle is sold within a cardboard box with products information on a leaflet inside the box. In addition to this, directions are repeated on the side of the bottle also.
There is a double ended plastic spoon in the bottle with a 2.5ml spoon on one end and a 5ml spoon on the other end. This is made of thick plastic so will not be damaged even if your little darling bites down on it. In addition, it can be cleaned and re-used many times without receiving any damage.
***The Active Ingredient***
Within the suspension contains Paracetamol which will relieve mild to moderate pain and fever. Every 5mls (a teaspoon) of the suspension contains 120 mg of Paracetamol. This is the same as the junior version of Calpol and every other junior paracetamol suspension I have come across.
There is also a 6+ version where you get 250 mg for every 5 mls of the suspension.
***The Price and Buying It***
As with almost every other infant paracetamol I have come across, the Boots own version is cheaper than Calpol - but actually isn't as cheap as many of the supermarket own brands. If you compare a 200ml bottle of different brands, the boots version costs £4.18 and the Calpol version costs £5.21, whereas the Tesco version on costs £3.54. You will make over a £1 saving if you buy the Boots version (instead of the Calpol), but a £1.67 saving if you buy the Tesco version. And it's exactly the same thing!
Using this product, for a one year old receiving a 5ml spoonful, each bottle will last for 40 doses - with each dose costing 10p. This seems very good value indeed to me.
You can buy Boots Pain Relief Paracetamol Suspension from Boots Online (www.boots.com) or in store. In order to purchase this, as with all paracetamol products, you need to be 16 years or older.
***The Instructions and Dosing Information***
Instructions come in leaflet form inside the box and include information on what it can be used for, dosage directions, contraindications, potential side effects, what to do in case of overdose, how to store, etc. The dosing instructions are repeated on the bottle.
This can be given to children over the age of 2 months (it can be given to baby's younger than this but only on a doctors direction).
2-3 months - 2.5ml every 4-6 hours (maximum of 2 doses in 24 hours).
3-12 months 2.5ml - 5ml every 4-6 hours (maximum of 4 doses in 24 hours).
1-6 years 1 - 2 5ml spoonfuls every 4-6 hours (maximum of 4 doses in 24 hours).
The dosing information is clear and concise and is easy to follow.
This Boots Pain Relief Paracetamol Suspension should be stored in a cool and dry cupboard that is out of children's sight and reach. The bottle has an expiry date on it and so its possible to check that its still in date before using. In my experience, this product usually has shelf life of about 18 months.
Any of you with children will know that sometimes it can be a battle to get yound children to take medication - and so it really does help if the medication tastes nice. The one bonus that Calpol does have is that children do like the taste of it and so when reviewing this, it is important to me that my son likes its taste. The flavour of this suspension is strawberry (like Calpol) and it is very thick and gloopy - although pours easily from the bottle. Although it is sugar-free, it tastes sweet and sickly and is therefore something my child finds very palatable. Getting him to take this medicine is very easy as it is brightly coloured, smells nice, and tastes nice (to kids at least!). In fact, when he isn't feeling well, he actually asks for it!
As I said, although it is thick and gloopy, it does pour well from the bottle. I usually use the plastic spoon enclosed - which is deep enough to not pour off the edge of the spoon on the way into my sons mouth. The suspension is sticky and so the bottle does tend to get very sticky and so the bottle does need wiping over after use.
As other paracetamol products, this suspension is effective for mild to moderate pain. For example, I have given it to my son with good effect when he is suffering pain due to teething and accidents. It has also been effective with my son in reducing fever and overall grouchiness associated with colds, flu, chicken pox and immunisations. Infact I have always given some of the suspension to my son immediately before his immunisations and it seems to help a lot in allowing him to feel well and settled afterwards.
I would estimate it takes about 30 minutes to start working and then works at an optimal level for about 4 hours. After this, the effects seem to wear off and a repeat dose is needed.
Although paracetamol does have side effects, these side effects are very rare - and my child has never suffered any ill effects from taking this medication.
Overall, I recommend Boots Pain Relief Paracetamol Suspension because it is cheaper than the market leader and yet it is virtually indistinguishable from the market leader (Calpol). It is safe (presented in a child proof bottle and sugar-free), is palatable to kids, works quickly and effectively with only very rare side-effects, and is easily purchased (online or instore). I really can't find anything to say to not recommend this product except to say that some supermarket versions are cheaper.