Product Type: Calpol baby products
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Calpol Saline Nasal Spray
Member Name: lak11
Calpol Saline Nasal Spray
Date: 06/07/11, updated on 10/07/12 (490 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, works well, natural saline spray.
Disadvantages: Small sized container.
Calpol Saline Nasal Spray
When my youngest child developed a cold at the age of around two weeks of age I was surprised; she hadn't been out much by then and I didn't think she had been in contact with anyone who had a cold, although if in the early stage it's hard to tell. As I was already a mother of three children who hadn't caught a cold at such a young age and, as she was breastfed, as were her three siblings, I thought she would have had enough immunity at this stage to stay healthy. However, it was probably a sign of things to come with her as she had many colds during her childhood as well as suffering from asthma.
Although this was my fourth child and I wasn't the panicking type, I did still feel worried that a cold in one so young could lead to complications and hinder her thriving. When I found that her nasal passages were so congested that she was finding it extremely difficult to feed, let alone breathe clearly, I took her along to my family doctor to see if there was any medication which was safe to give to such a young baby. My doctor prescribed simple saline drops assuring me that these were safe for baby and would help to clear her nasal passages and help her to breathe and therefore fed better. I admit to trying her prescription out on myself, as I wanted to be sure that it didn't leave a nasty taste or result in any other adverse effects. Although, of course, the effect could be less marked or even different in a baby than in an adult. But I did find the drops had a clearing effect on my own nasal congestion.
These saline drops did help my young daughter a little and she manage to feed a little easier. The cold passed and, for a while, she was cold and congestion free. I have always suffered myself with sinus type problems over the years and I have tried various remedies and medications to help to alleviate this problem. I have used Olbas oil, Vick's Sinex spray and stick inhaler, Vick's menthol rub and Sterimar saline spray to name but a few . These have worked to varying degrees but I feel that those that often work well such as Vick's Sinex spray are not safe to use for a prolonged period as they may cause side effects and can even make the problem worse, over time. I repeatedly have searched for a remedy based on salt which is safe to use frequently. It wasn't until about a year or so ago that I found Calpol Saline Nasal Spray in Sainsbury's on the health care section, although actually placed on the child health care shelf. I thought it would be worth purchasing this with the hope that it would work in the same way as the prescribed saline drops did for my daughter some years before.
This is very easy to use. The design of the spray's applicator nozzle is, in my opinion, a very good one. It sprays easily and even when at the end of the container most of the solution can still be released by the simple pump action. Of course this can be more difficult to administer to an infant, but as long as they are calm at the time of administering, then it shouldn't prove too difficult to spray once to each nostril.
Although this product is actually intended for babies and young children, the packaging does state that in the case of children over the age of two years and adults, one or two sprays should be used in each nostril.
On using these drops I find they don't work quite as quickly as for example Vick's Sinex Spray does, although the effect can still be felt in a minute or two but it just doesn't completely clear the nasal passages immediately. However a big plus for me when using this is that it doesn't leave the throat feeling sore as I find the Sinex spray often does. Also, I feel that if it is safe for the use in a new-born baby, then I can use it often.
After a spray or two into each nostril the nasal congestion eases. I find the effect lasts for a few hours and is comparable to most sinus sprays, although it probably doesn't last quite as long as Vick's Sinex, which I find the best in terms of quickly clearing congestion and providing a long lasting effect.
This is aimed at babies from birth suffering from nasal congestion particularly if having a cold but can be used by anyone with a blocked nose. It works well.
It is also for the use of blocked nasal pathways caused by influenza, sinusitis and allergies which may include hayfever.
Calpol Saline Nasal Spray provides natural congestion relief and is non-medicated.
This product is manufactured by the well-known company, Johnson& Johnson Ltd.
The nasal spray comes in a 15ml sized container. This small size is, I think, that this is ideal if purchasing for young babies but, in the case of adult's usage I feel that a bigger sized container would be beneficial. I will say that two sprays works well and so the spray does go along way but if thinking of the expense it works out quite expensive for such a small amount of salt water that is put into a nice and easy to spray bottle. If suffering with a heavy cold then this size bottle wouldn't last for as long as the cold did (in the case of an adult)
The container should be discarded by six weeks of opening.
AND A LITTLE MORE:
It is much easier to administer than drops as the applicator nozzle is long and streamlined. I always found with drops that the baby would not like the sensation and they cotton on to what you are doing before you have finished! The spray is easier as you only need to get near to the nostril and spray- making sure that only the nose is going to receive the spray. It is easy to use one handed. I did say that the baby should be calm when administering as this is the case with medicines. This can be administered when required and when the baby is sleeping. I think with things such as this it should be used a few moments before feeding to get the optimum relief. I have actually used this on a baby although not my own (with permission!) but I was really reviewing it as an adult aid to de- congestion.
WHERE TO BUY/PRICE:
Boots the chemist: £4.29
Amazon.co.uk: £2.32 (but may have to pay postage)
Expresschemist.co.uk : £3.59
(Buy 2 or more for £3.42 each)
Summary: A good natural product for babies, children and adults.
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