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As soon as a small child has some form of pain or high fever the first thing most people say 'Have you tried Calpol?. Its a well known brand that has been used for years and years, 'Having 2 kids myself (2 and nearly 5) my medicine shelf is always full (I have to admit that I only use brands I know and trust), So Calpol is tucked away on the top shelf of my bathroom unit. My eldest suffers quite a lot with constipation and has done since he was a baby, which can cause him some discomfort and pain, so I first purchased Calpol when he was very small and have used the product since.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What Is Calpol? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
Calpol is a medicine designed for children, it comes in a liquid form as children are not able to swallow tablets. It has a very sweet strawberry like taste (that reminds me of Redbull so some reason) so that children don't feel the need to spit it out. The liquid is pink coloured and is very thick and sticky, it does have a gritty feel to it but is very easy to swallow thanks to its delicious taste. You can buy the sugar free version as well as the version with sugar, personally i buy the sugar free version but they both taste exactly the same. I certainly wouldn't object to the sugar version tho, as long as my kids are having medicine should they need it them I'm happy.
Calpol contains Paracetamol and is used to relieve fever and pain. It can be purchased for around £2.50 for 100ml bottles or £4 for 200ml bottles. It should be kept out of reach of children and stored at room temperature. You can buy cheaper shop brands but I'm a sucker for a brand name, especially with my kids and medicine.
Calpol can be used for a variety of things, such as high temperature, cold and flu, earache, teething, headache, sore throat, tummy pains, but should not be taken for more than 3 days without consulting a doctor.
This particular Calpol is designed for 2 months + and is designed to taken by children up to 6 years, after this you can move onto the Calpol specifically designed for 6 years plus. It is very important that no other medicines containing Paracetamol is given if your child has has Calpol.
Calpol comes in a purple box with a smiley baby on the front, in the box you will get a bottle of Calpol that has the safety screw top lid so that children cannot open it, a clear and purple syringe, the 2.5 & 5 ml is clearly written in black so can be easily read and instructions. Before syringes you would get a white double spoon, that held 2.5 ml and 5 ml. I found the syringe easier to use with all other medicines and am now used to using the syringe. With the bottles that are supplied with the syringes there is a little non spill in the neck of the bottle, so when you connect the syringe into the bottle it should hold pretty firmly, which is great but it does mean that should you wish to use a spoon when tipping the bottle up hardly any medicine comes out the bottle.
The Calpol also comes in sachets which is ideal for taking out and about with you.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ How To Use? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
* Shake bottle for 10 seconds before use.
* Unscrew the lid and insert the syringe into the neck of the bottle.
* Holding the syringe firmly in place you then need to tip the bottle upside down and pull the plunger to get the dosage you require.
* Turn the bottle the correct way up and the syringe is now ready to remove.
* Place the syringe into the child's mouth and gently press the plunger to release the medicine into the mouth.
*Pull the syringe apart and wash it thoroughly.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Dosage ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
This medicine is NOT DESIGNED FOR BABIES UNDER 2 WITHOUT A DOCTORS SAY SO.
Babies between 2-3 months are to have 2.5 ml and are allowed a 2nd dose of 2.5 ml after 4-6 hours should they require it.
Children from 3 months to 6 years are allowed 4 doses in 24 hours, leaving a 4 hour gap between doses, they are allowed the following:
3-6 months - - - - - - - 2.5 ml
6-24 months - - - - - - - 5 ml
2-4 years - - - - - - - - 7.5 ml (5 ml + 2.5 ml)
4-6 years - - - - - - - 10 ml (5 ml + 5 ml)
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Possible Side-Effects ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
While we thankfully have not experienced any side-effects, you do need to be aware of certain things, such as: allergic reactions, swelling, wheezing, shortness of breath, rash, unusually tired, bruising or bleeding. Should any of this happen you need to stop using it immediately and contact your doctor.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Taking The Medicine ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
I have used Calpol with both of my boys from a very early age, starting with vaccinations to help with the pain and help prevent fever from the jabs, it worked great, and I've never had a problem getting them to take the medicine, even as babies they both seemed to really enjoy the taste, what child doesn't like sweet things?! With other medicines I normally have to bribe my eldest, but they both love the taste of this.
As I mentioned above, Harvey has suffered from constipation since he was very small which caused lots of late and draining nights, Calpol was a godsend, and always seemed to do the trick, while it didn't fix the problem, it did help with the pain he had and helped settle him so we could all finally get some sleep, sadly this problem has lasted since Harvey was very small, and while he is now on regular powder to mix in with his drinks to ease the constipation, it can get pretty bad depending on the food he has, so I still use Calpol quite regularly with him for that reason. He doesn't normally have any pain (tough as old boots!) but when he does have pain, Calpol is my first option as it fixes his pain pretty quickly. Harvey has used Calpol for a variety of reasons over nearly 5 years, such as teething, stuffy nose and tummy ache, and within 30 minutes he has always seemed fine, with the pain subsiding and temperature lowering.
Oscar has also used this medicine for 2 years, for teething, earache and high fever which he suffers with quite a lot. Sadly Oscar has had a different experience with Calpol, while it worked great for minor pains mentioned above, it has never worked on lowering his temperate, resulting in hospital visits and having to use children's Paracetamol We find this bazaar as the child's Paracetamol our hospital give us to use on his temperatures is still Paracetamol just like this, yet for some reason this just doesn't work for his fevers, yet both medicines contain 125mg of Paracetamol per 5ml.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Our Experience ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
As said above, Harvey has had no problems at all with this medicine, its always worked well for him and has suffered none of the possible side effects. With his pains I've always waited say 20mins to see if the pain would subside by its self, it the pain persisted I would give him the suggested amount from the instructions, with his fever i would wait until it went what I would class as hot, which is 38c, after taking the medicine it would come down to his normal temp of 36c.
Oscar has taken this medicine for any light/mild pains he has, and for these it worked ok, but for any severe pains or fever it sadly has done nothing. As some of you will know from my other reviews, Oscar lost the top of his finger before Christmas, we were given Ibuprofen and Children's Paracetamol for pain relief after the surgery, but were advised to use the Paracetamol as a last precaution. At this point he hadn't been diagnosed with asthma (he also has eczema) so we were not aware he shouldn't of been given the Ibuprofen, this caused him to come out in a rash with a temp of 39c and severe wheezing so back to the hospital it was. The wheezing was sorted with a steroid and nebuliser but Oscar refused to take the Paracetamol for his finger so was given Calpol, this did nothing at all for his pain relief or his temperate, the pain remained as did his high temperature. The doctor then weighed Oscar to see if we could up the dosage, which he did, he advised to add an extra 0.5 ml every 4 hours (so a total of 2.0 ml extra), i was then told to take his pyjamas off and was given a fan to help him cool down, again all of this including the extra dosage did nothing, we remained in hospital for another 16 hours so that they could monitor him and until his temperate finally came down. Upon being sent home we were told to start using the Paracetamol for his finger, this worked.
On Saturday I woke at 5AM to hear Oscar screaming 'Ma Ma', I went through to find him hysterical holding his head in his hands, I put him in my bed beside me and he kept saying 'hair' and pointing to his head (he cannot say head) he then vomited 4 times so was given Calpol, this didn't help his head at all, and was still continuing to hold it and screaming, we were advised to take him to hospital after phoning 111 at 10am so they could access him, he was that hysterical that the doctor found it impossible to examine him so we were sent home and told to continue with 7.5 ml of Calpol every 4 hours and to come back for a 2nd appointment for 7pm, during this time Oscar had 2 more lots of Calpol yet his temperate was still rising, come 6pm it was back up to 39c so we went into hospital early, turns out he had an ear infection, and the fever and severe headache was caused by the ear infection, yet the Calpol couldn't help any of these, we remained in hospital until it was time for more medication where he was given Paracetamol and anti-biotic. This finally cleared the head pain and fever so we were allowed to come home.
With the mild pain Calpol normally gets to work within 30 minutes which i feel is a fair amount of time, with Harvey's temperate it always came down after a maximum time of 45 minutes.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Overall Thoughts ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
While Calpol worked a treat for Harvey, and Oscars minor pain it did nothing for stronger pain or his fever. With i appreciate having surgery on your finger can be painful and may need stronger painkillers, we were actually advised to use Calpol for this, so it should have worked. And with his temperature, its never brought them down, so while I continue using Calpol for minor things i now stay fully stocked up on Paracetamol too.
While it didn't work for severe pain it was great for mild pains and so still good value for money I found.
It's still the first thing I reach for from the bathroom cabinet if one of my boys is in pain or if Harvey has a fever (will stick to the Paracetamol for Oscar's fevers). I trust the brand and it works wonders for Harvey. There are cheaper items on the market that claim to do exactly the same thing but growing up (I'm now 24) my mum always used Calpol with my 2 sisters and I and for us it did work, so I do trust the product.
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As Calpol is so popular, they also have other medicines that are shown to be very popular, including Calprofen which is Ibuprofen suspension, Calpol vapour plug, Calpol saline spray, Calcough and Calgel.
Like most mothers, I don't like to shovel any kind of medicine down my children's throats. Doctors these days seem far to eager to prescribe antibiotics and medication for the smallest of colds and scrapes.
And whilst I agree that there are times when stronger medical intervention is needed, I strongly believe that many common ailments are easily treated with a lot of tlc, warmth, rest, and often a spoonful of calpol!
I have been using calpol for 13 years, for all of my 4 children, and my youngest has just recently moved onto the 6+ range. However, this 2 month plus, sugar free range has been a regular staple of our medicine cabinet.
Available for approx £2.80 for 100ml from most supermarkets, Calpol Infant Sugar Free is a must-have for every new parent. It is sugar free, and contains paracetamol, to offer effective relief from pain and fever. Suitable for babies and toddlers from 2 months plus (weighing over 4kg).
It has a pleasent strawberry flavour (yes, I have tried it) and is easy to swallow, and being sugar-free means it is kind to teeth too.
The box, and leaflet inside, both contain a guide as to the recommended dosage, and as with all medicines, it is of upmost importance to ensure these guides are adhered to at all times.
We have administered calpol for conditions from fevers to tummy aches. I find that in 9/10 cases, it has effectively relieved my childs symptoms within 20-30 minutes after taking. The time that symptoms remained eased did however vary from condition, to child, and of course dependant upon age and other factors.
It is all Mummy's and Daddy's worst nightmare when their little one becomes ill. There is nothing worse than seeing them poorly and not being able to take away their pain. Calpol is the wonderful invention that claims to relieve babies and children of pain and discomfort.
I bought this after my baby daughter had her 3 month injections. She was inconsolable afterwards so my partner made a dash to the chemist before it closed to try and find some sort of pain relief that was suitable for such a young age. This bottle of Calpol is suitable for babies over 2 months old and was the only bottle of medicine we have found which caters for such young babies.
I was nervous about giving medicine to my daughter when she was so young but I hated seeing her so upset when she is normally such a calm and content baby so we used this is a last resort.
It comes in a bright purple box, the typical Calpol colour you would expect. Inside the box there is an instruction booklet, a syringe and the main medicine bottle. The bottle is glass and comes with a child proof lid (the kind where you push down and twist) and the top of the bottle is the kind where you have to insert a syringe to take medicine out.
It's main ingredient is paracetamol. It does contain some E numbers which I presume is to give it it's colour and 'strawberry' flavour.
*How to use it*
The syringe that is included has markings on the side to indicate a 2.5ml dosage and a 5ml dosage. There is a clear table on the box to indicate how much to give your child, which depends on their age. You are advised to shake the glass bottle for 10 seconds before inserting the syringe into the top and draining out the required dosage.
*Does it work?*
After giving it to my daughter it took around 10 minutes to notice her starting to calm down. Within half an hour it was as if her pain had been taken away completely and she was back to her normal self. It definitely worked for us and it is now a staple item in our medicine cabinet. It works wonders for teething but we use it sparingly and only use it as a last resort.
*Price and availability*
I paid £2.99 from a local chemist. It is widely available in most supermarkets and chemists. It is easy to get hold of and varies in price between £2.50 - £4.99 depending where you buy from.
I use calpol for my daughter when she has a fever or in any pain. Calpol is sugar free so won't damage your babies teeth when they come through. Calpol is strawberry flavour so very sweet and taste and smells lovely so your child will like the sweet flavour. Calpol is in a bright packaging and it stands out when on the shelf in a supermarket. The package contains the bottle and an infant syringe which makes it easy to give my daughter the calpol. The information on the back of the box has clear instructions to follow and makes sure I understand how i give to my daughter and when I'm allowed to give my daughter the next dose if need be, also it outlines what age you can give calpol to your child and what dose you can give them.
Overall Calpol is amazing to bring a fever down and gives very good pain relief and well worth having in your cupboard just in case.
WHAT IS IT?
Paracetamol in liquid format that is suited for babies who are only 2 months old.
WHY DID I BUY IT?
My daughter is 15 months old and she started to get her teeth through very early, she suffered a lot of pain and I started to give her this Calpol from when she was about 3 months old. I have continued to purchase this one because it is effective on her pain and stops her from having a fever also.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
On the box there is a chart and you see what your baby's age is and that will tell you how much medicine to give. My daughter has a 5ml spoon but when she was younger I gave her 2.5ml only, she takes her medicine off a spoon but the neck of the Calpol bottle is wide enough to put a syringe in and draw it up from there. You may give a dose to your child every 4 hours but if you are using it for a very young baby then you need to know their weight also because they might be old enough but if your baby was premature for an example even at 2 months they might not be heavy enough to take this medicine.
WHAT I THINK
I have been very happy with this Calpol for very young babies but if I thought any of my children were in pain or sick when they was so young I would have taken them to see a doctor. It has got a very pleasing taste of strawberry and is sweet even though it is sugar free, my daughter likes the taste very much and that makes it easy to get her to take her medicine but I am not happy altogether that she likes any medicine taste.
It works quite quick and even when my daughter is very upset because of her teeth hurting she settles down after only 15 minutes or sometimes even less of taking her Calpol. It will sometimes be longer than 4 hours before she gets upset again and then I do not give it her until she indicates to me that she needs some more, on days when I know her pain is very severe or if she is sick in another way except for her teething then I will give it to her every 4 hours to try to stop the pain from returning.
It has never given my daughter an upset stomach and when she had a stomach bug I gave her Calpol because she kept getting cramps, the medicine stopped it from happening and did not make her sick even though anything else she swallowed she would vomit back up again. I am happy to always give her this Calpol and will not need to change her to another one until she is 6 and needs the stronger variety, my other 2 daughters are older and they still use this Calpol that is for children a lot younger than they are and it effective for them also.
A bottle of this Calpol costs about £3 and it will last for a long time if you keep it in a cool dark place as it tells you to on the box. You should make sure never to give other paracetamol products because that is a drug that is very easy to accidentally overdose on.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
As a mother of two young children I have got through many a bottle of calpol. I honestly don't know how I would of got through teething pains and after vaccine crankiness without it. I doubt there are many parents out there who have not both heard of and used calpol at least one.
Calpol is essentially paracetamol for children; a paracetamol suspension. Its in a liquid form so that is easy for little ones to take and tastes of strawberry, no nasty bitter tablet taste that us adults get!
Suitable from 2 months up its certainly a must have in any medicine cabinet of a household with children.
Calpol is available in both 100ml bottles which currently sell for £2.99 in boots or easy to use sachets that come in packs of 12 sachets each with 5mls of calpol in that sell for £3.65 in boots currently; you pay more for convienience. I have bought and used both the sachets and bottles but for the purpose of the rest of this review I will talk about the bottled variety.
When you open the box you have a set of instructions that list both the dosage for various age groups as well as the ingredients and possible side affects that they have to list like any medicine. The instructions are really easy to follow.
Theres also the bottle of calpol and what uses to be a measuring spoon has now been replaced with a plastic flat bottomed syringe which I've found to be a vast improvement!
The bottle is made of brown glass and has a white plastic lid. The lid has a safety catch on so you have to push down and turn in order to open. Its a very effective way of stopping children getting into the medicine themselves which is a must with any medicine. Once the lid is off there is now a plastic insert in the top of the bottle which the syringe fits tightly into.
To use you push the syringe into the insert and tip the bottle upside down then slowly pull the plunger out to draw up the correct dosage of the medicine. The syringe has 2.5ml and 5ml marked on to it allowing you to easily draw up the dosages of either 2.5ml (from 2-6 months) 5ml (from 6 months to 2 years) and 7.5ml (from 2 years up). Then the hardest bit is getting your child to open their mouth so you can push the plunger down on the syringe to dispense the medicine. I've found this much easier with my toddler who loves the taste than my baby who isn't too sure. That said its still 100 times easier than a spoon!
I have used calpol for many different reasons; fevers, teething pain, after vaccine pain, tummy ache etc and have found it extremely effective with both my girls. It quickly soothes a fever which is so important especially with small children.
Each 5ml of the suspension contains 120mg of the active ingredient: paracetamol.
You are advised to wait 4 hours between doses and give no more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
You must be 16 to buy calpol.
Calpol also make calpol six plus.
Overall calpol is definitely an essential. Its easy to use and effectively deals with alot of complaints in children. We always have a bottle or two in the house as you never know when you will need it. 5 out of 5 stars for helping my girls feel better and giving me a decent nights sleep even when they are teething!
I have used this since the first time my baby became ill around 3months and used it ever since. Like any baby they don't like the taste of anything new and spit it out, but now my daughters two, she loves the taste and asks for more once I have given the daily dose.
It is widely available from supermarket, department stores etc.. Like Asda for £2.96. It comes in a 100ml glass bottle with a child lock lid and you can get ones that have a free medicine spoon that measures 5ml on one side and 2.5ml on the other or the free syringe that measures upto 5ml, and you just stop at the amount you need, very easy to use. I think the syringe is useful when you have a young child that don't like to take the medicine and spoon for when they are a little older and willing to take the medicine or it can get very messy and sticky.
It contains 120mg/5ml paracetamol and the list of symptoms it can be used for are:
Cold and flu
Other aches and pains
You have to shake the bottle before every use, also keep the box it came in as it has the table on the side of the box showing you the amount of medicine to give up to four times a day for different age groups, then it suggests you go to doctors if you need to take the medicine more than 3 days in a row. And don't give any other medicine when taking this unless advised to-do so.
I think Calpol really does work and works fast. You need to keep to regular times to even out when to give the medicine until the symptoms have gone. At least 4 hours between doses.
I would definitely recommend using Calpol for treatment of symptoms listed
I'm reviewing CALPOL 2+months.
The bottle I have contains 100ml.
Costs around £2.50-£3 from chemists and supermarkets.
The little boy I look after was a bit poorly recently and his mum left a bottle of this medicine with me for use during the day.
***WHAT IT IS***
It is a medicine designed for children and babies and there are various forms of it with versions geared for specific age groups.
This one is 2+ ......the plus being up to 6 years of age.
It comes with a plastic measuring spoon which is double ended. The spoon at one end holds 5ml and the other end holds 2.5mls.
It is pink and tastes of strawberry flavouring (yes I tasted it) and this makes it really easy to get youngsters to take . It's quite thick too, not runny .
It contains Paracetamol.
(Each 5ml also contains: Maltitol, E420, E214, E216, E218, E122) and is supposedly sugar free.
The one I have was bought in March 2013 and is best before December 2014. So ,good shelf life.
Just follow the directions, which are really clear, use the spoon provided and you can't go wrong. I would think mums used to using this could judge 5mls on an ordinary household spoon anyway over time, but for first time users just use the measuring spoon provided to measure out one 5ml dose and tip that onto a household spoon to see what a 5ml dose (or 7.5 for bigger children) looks like on your spoon. That way you can dump the plastic spoon should you want to.
Some people use an oral syringe to give this to children (available in chemists) and while that is a great idea for babies, I think it unnecessary for bigger babes,toddlers and older because this medicine is quite pleasant (Conal licks the spoon clean) .
We've not used an oral syringe.
***DOES IT WORK***
YES ! It really is very good at reducing temperatures and easing pain for little ones and I could see a BIG difference in little Conal after he was given this. His fever reduced and he was less cranky (bad tempered) and more like himself.
It can be given in 4 doses over 24 hours ,with at least 4 hours between doses.
It made Conal a bit drowsy,but not excessively so, just mellow ,and because we spaced the doses out so that one was given after his lunch, he was going to have his afternoon nap anyway,so being drowsy was no big deal.
I'm a bit anal re these two children because they are NOT my children and I have a dread of looking after them during illness,but the less fevered cheeks and smiling faces using this brings reassures me.
Long term use is a choice their mother can make ,but in the short term and sporadically I doubt there is any danger using this, although always check with your doctor before first use anyway naturally.
Would I recommend it ? Yes. Without a doubt.
It isn't about making mum's life easier (although it does). It's about giving pain relief/fever reduction to little souls who are having a bad time and can't help themselves ,and that makes it a Godsend as far as I'm concerned.
Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful~~~myloh
FULL PRODUCT TITLE: Calpol Sugar Free Suspension 100ml 2+ months
PRODUCT AVAILABILITY AND PRICE: Available from most supermarkets, chemists and convenience stores. This product is currently priced at £2.50 in my local Tesco, obviously prices may vary.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This is a paracetamol based pain killer suitable for children and babies, older than two months. It is a pink, strawberry flavoured syrup which is supplied with a spoon or more recently, a dosage syringe. It is marketed in a 100ml bottle, packaged in a purple box, complete with instruction/advice leaflet.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF THIS PRODUCT: I am a mother of three children and have used this product for the last ten years. I am a massive fan of this product as it has never failed to reduce the pain or temperature of my children.
My children love the sweet, strawberry flavour and have no problems swallowing the medicine. I have never met a child that doesn't like the taste of Calpol! It can however, get a little sticky and messy around the bottle and if it is spilt. I find that this is a very small price to pay though.
Calpol has been given to all my children as a treatment for: high temperature, teething, coughs, colds, sore throats etc, always with good results. My children say that it tastes much nicer than other brands of children's medicine.
I first discovered the miracle of Calpol about 9 years ago when I had my first son and have had a bottle of it in the house ever since!
Calpol seems to work for all minor illnesses that children have and believe me they get a lot!
I didn't realize until I had children just how quickly they get ill. It seems that one minute they are fine and the next they look awful and are unable to do anything part from cry and scream!
This is when Calpol is brilliant it seems to work really quickly and before you know it they are back to been little terrors again!
Babies somehow seem worse as they are obviously unable to communicate their symptoms to you which is why Calpol is great because it can cure most things.
Calpol is basically paracetamol that is suitable for young babies. It can be used from age 2 months so it is great for a teething baby or for after their vaccinations.
I have never had any problems in getting the kids to take Calpol either because it tastes nice which is always a bonus.
The bottle comes in a box and a spoon so you are able to give the correct dose, the dosage instructions are on both the pack and the bottle which is useful just incase the box gets damaged.
Calpol is available just about everywhere now from the local supermarket to the chemist. It is good value a bottle costs around £3 but lasts a while.
I would definitely recommend anyone with a young family to permanently have a bottle of this in the cupboard because you will definitely need it.
When my daughter was first born a friend recommended getting a bottle of infant Calpol for our medicine cupboard as it is extremely useful for a range of childrens ailments and is designed for use in young babies.
Calpol is supplied in a purple box with the Calpol logo and the word Infant clearly marked. The medicine is supplied in a dark brown bottle with a child safe lid. This medicine is suitable from 2 months old to 6 years. It is "gentle pain and fever relief" and contains paracetamol. It is strawberry flavoured and comes with an easy to use syringe which is clearly marked with both 2.5ml and 5ml making it very easy to give the correct amount. There is a clear guide on the side of the box indicated correct doses and use. It can be used for relieving the symptoms of; fever, cold and flu, teething, sore throat, ear ache etc.
Calpol is a think liquid which is pinky/purple in colour. It is quite sticky so best not to spill. However it is very easy to administer using the syringe supplied. Make sure you clean the syringe after eash use.
My daughter likes that taste of Calpol and will quite happily try and suck at the syringe. I have found that it Calpol provides fast relief from symptoms- we have used it for colds, ear ache and teething and it has been very effective. Its certainly a must have for your medicine cupboard with small children. Highly recommend.
Calpol can be brought from most chemists and supermarks and costs around £3 for 100ml.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
I first bought the Calpol suspension when my son was getting his first jabs.
He did get a mild fever after his first jab and I was dreading having to give him medicine. Having grown up with three younger brothers, I have good experience of how difficult it is to get young kids to take medicine.
Thankfully, this paracetamol suspension was easy to get down his throat. He did make a funny expression at the taste and sensation ( as though he was telling me it tasted disgusting) but thankfully he kept it down, and didn't gag or vomit. It is very effective at bringing down fever. Paracetamol is also good for pain, although I haven't used it for this purpose yet.
The outer carton is what is displayed here, with a purple design and details of the drug and suggested dosing on it.
Inside, the medicine is in a plastic bottle with a child proof cover. There is also a small double sided spoon provided, with one end of 2.5 ml capacity and the other end of 5 ml capacity. This was quite helpful, as you only need to give around 2.5 ml when they are 2 or 3 months old.
The medicine itself is a thick suspension with a somewhat gloopy consistency, in a lurid pink colour and smell that you associate with medicines. It is pink in colour, in keeping with the strawberry flavour.
It is a sugar free suspension, which is a good thing.
The average price is around £2.50.
All in all, it is an essential thing to have at home if you have a baby.
==Calpol Sugar free infant suspension 2 months plus==
With my son having his jabs recently I decided to purchase some of these Calpol sachets just in case he got a temperature after them, which is a known common side effect which can make the infant grizzly as they feel uncomfortable. About an hour after the jab his temperature raised so I decided to give him the recommended 2.5ml dose for a 3 month old baby to reduce the injection caused fever. Within around 30minutes my son's temperature had returned to a normal level and he was in a much better mood. Calpol should only be used when absolutely necessary, and it is especially great for reducing fevers. For a baby of my son's age (now 4months) it is vital that not more than 1 dose is given in a 24hr period. After working alongside many paramedics and medics whilst volunteering with the St Johns Ambulance, I have heard a variety of stories considering the dangers of Calpol. One upsetting story was that a mother had been giving her child of under 12 months sachets of Calpol like how an adult would take paracetamol with 6 doses in a 24hour period because of a risen temperature, one phone call to the hospital and she could have had her child seen and they would have been able to help, unfortunately my friend had to go and collect the child in the ambulance as the child sadly didn't make it, they passed from a paracetamol overdose. This is rare, I understand but it is also worthwhile knowing the dangers as sometimes Calpol can be highly misleading as I'm sure many of us when we were younger used to more a less drink it when we were poorly. One advantage of today's Calpol is that it does not contain the mild sedative in which it used to contains a couple of decades ago, this was also problematic and thankfully it has now been removed completely from the product.
The Calpol itself has a very sweet strawberry flavour and is easy to get children to take because it practically tastes like liquid sugar even though it claims to be sugar free. I have taken Calpol as an adult when I was pregnant as I am not the biggest fan of the tablet paracetamol and I preferred the smaller doses, it worked just as fine on me as it did on my son. The sachets are a bit of a pain they come in 5ml quantities so if you are using on a baby you have to use a medicine spoon and then waste half of that specific sachet, I find bottles much more convenient at this age. I would highly recommend the use of this when needed and used in the right quantities but if possible like anything try natural methods before resorting to medication, in my personal opinion this is best.
Our youngest is currently a bit under the weather, with a temperature and gunky eyes and a blocked nose. Although he's got a doctor's appointment tomorrow, over the weekend we've needed to try and regulate his temperature and monitor his pain and keep him as okay as possible, and Calpol is a bit like a wonder drug for kids. This particular one is suitable for 2 month old babies and older, and we have both the bottle and the sachets.
Calpol comes in a gloopy liquid form, with a berry flavour to help make the taste as nice as possible. I have first hand experience at trying to administer medicine which tastes rather horrible, and where babies are concerned, it's an absolute nightmare to get them to take something, and you end up feeling like the cruelest person to them when they give you that look that says 'How could you do this to me?!' when all you're trying to do is help them get better. Luckily this flavour is lovely and our son, who is 18 months, recognises the bottle and likes both the smell and taste of the Calpol.
Administering the liquid is straightforward now as well. Just recently, they seem to have cottoned on to the way that Nurofen bottles work, with a plastic flat topped syringe and a nozzle for it to fit in at the top of the bottle. This means that you can put the syringe in the top, which it does with a little click, and then tip it up. Pull on the back end of the syringe to draw the liquid from the bottle and into the syringe. Ut's measured to two measurements, the 2.5ml and 5ml lines, depending on how much you want to give them, but doing it this way makes it so much easier than when you had to find the spoon and then pour it out, frantically trying to get the spoon into their mouths before it spilled over the sides and then having to mop up after you realise they haven't yet completely mastered liquids from a spoon.
Calpol contains paracetamol, and while it is a miniscule amount compared to that which adults may take in tablet form, it serves well as a painkiller and also to relieve some symptoms of fever. The red cheeks opur son gets usually fade a short while after he has had a measure of this. We usually have to give the full 5ml dose, although when he is feeling a little peaky, or when most of the symptoms have died down, we usually give a 2.5ml dose as a final one to make sure he is okay.
I find that this has always been a reliable medicine for kids. I know I used to have it, and we use it for our eldest son as well whenever he's ill. Now they have the syringe sorted as well (in purple whereas the Nurofen one is orange) it's even better, and I can really recommend it both as a product and as something that is easy to administer to your kids. The 100ml bottle is around the £3 mark, which is a fair price to pay for your kids' health. If you buy the sachets it works out as more expensive, but then these are more for travel or convenience purposes so it's expected.
Calpol Infant suspension is a childrens medicine, which is available for children aged 2 months up to 6 years. It comes in a purple and pink (mainly purple) box, and strawberry flavour. The strawberry flavour is also available in sugarfree. Both are available in sachet form or in a liquid form from a bottle. The liquid is a bright pink colour, and pretty thick. It even smells sweet, so children are instantly drawn to it.
Calpol Infant suspension contains Paracetamol and is especially for pains and fevers. Babies aged between 2-3 months are allowed a 2.5ml (small spoonful) twice a day, with at least 4-6 hours inbetween. 3-6 months are allowed 2.5ml four times per day, 6-24 months are allowed 5ml four times per day. 2-4 years old can have 7.5ml four times per day, and 4-6 year olds can have 10ml four times per day.
Calpol usually retails for just over £3 for a 100ml bottle or £5 for 20 sachets. Personally I find the sachets extremely messy! The bottles are much better. My kids love the taste of Calpol, so it is rarely a battle to get them to have their medicine, but they love the taste of the cheaper medicines too!
I find that Calpol is fantastic at bringing temperatures down, but I find it almost useless when my children have toothache. I always have a bottle in as it is fast working, and helps them sleep when they are poorly.
I would recommend Calpol, but wish they didn't make it taste so nice as the kids often ask for it when they're not even poorly.
For relieve of fever and pain. It is suitable for babies and children from 3 months to 6 years.