Product Type: Boots baby products
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Deals with pain and fevers sweetly and swiftly
Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension 2+ months
Member Name: Lools_24
Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension 2+ months
Advantages: Pain relief and lowers some fevers
Disadvantages: Does not lower fevers effectively as Ibroprofen based suspension, can't be given to babies under 4kg
It's every parent's worst nightmare when your child get sick but as a parent it is very scary and frustrating when you have a young baby or toddler who you know is sick but they can't communicate with you to tell you what is wrong. As a new parent I soon learnt that crying and being unsettled was a big clue as was feeling very hot and feverish. Once you establish something isn't right you then have to use your judgement to deal with it. I often found myself turning to the advice of my own mother and one of her first questions when one of my twin boys felt poorly at 6 months old was "have you tried Calpol". So one of the items Mr Lools and I stocked up on was Calpol Infant Suspension.
***Calpol Infant Suspension***
Calpol Infant Suspension is described on the packaging as "Gentle pain and fever relief from 2 months. When your little one is suffering from pain and fever, CALPOL® Infant Suspension can help make him feel better."
Basically the product is a paracetomol based liquid suspension which is strawberry flavoured to make it easy for a child to swallow.
You can purchase Calpol Infant Suspension in 100ml and 200ml sized bottles and the product is strawberry flavoured. I tend to find the 100ml bottles are most common and most chemists and grocery stores sell Calpol including Lloyds and Numark, Asda, Tesco, Superdrug, Boots, Morrisons and Sainsbury's. A 100ml bottle costs between £2.50 and £4 depending on the retailer. It is slightly more expensive than own brand versions of paracetamol suspension however this is due to the well-known Calpol name.
Our first experience with Calpol actually came after my boys 8 week old immunisations in which a nurse prescribed my boys Calpol to be given to them that evening to minimise any side effects from the immunisations such as temperature or being unsettled. Once I collected the prescription I noticed that although Calpol Infant Suspension is suitable from 2 months plus it did say not to be given to premature babies or babies under 4kg which my boys were (they were born 4 weeks early and weighed probably around 3kgs). I luckily had a doctor's appointment for myself later that day so asked my doctor about whether I should have been given this for my boys and it was recommended NOT to give them the Calpol therefore I feel this is one of the limitations of Calpol that may not be fully understood and could cause confusion!
Once my boys reached the "corrected" age and were within the age limits I did use Calpol. After immunisations I tended to use as I would find my boys both would develop a temperature which my digital thermometer would put in the "hot" category of 38+. With a dose of Calpol before bed I always found that within 30 minutes of giving a dose of Calpol there would be an improvement and the temperature would be lowered back to an acceptable level of 37.
I must admit I'm a little cautious giving medicines to my boys and do not give too hastily therefore for teething I did not automatically give Calpol. When my boys cut their bottom two teeth they were unsettled but did not seem in too much pain however when their front top teeth came in (at around 7 months old) I did give a few doses of Calpol for pain relief as they were looking quite distressed. I would definitely say that Calpol gives reasonable pain relief as within 30 minutes of taking Calpol both my boys seemed a lot more settled and less upset from teething pain. I did try Calpol for when their back molars cut in at 18 months old and they were suffering a lot of pain (so much so that they had gone off their food). I would say although this settled them slightly both my boys still did not seem happy and Calpol was not as effective as ibroprofen based suspension was. Therefore for stronger pain relief I would probably not rate Calpol as highly as Nurofen for children.
In terms of fever both my boys never had high fevers until they were around 9 months old. For high temperatures and fevers of under 39 degrees Calpol has always worked for us. However one of my boys were particularly poorly at 9 months old and had a temperature of 40 which I was very concerned about. Calpol made no difference and as a result I had to take him to see an emergency doctor who advised to use ibroprofen based suspension rather than Calpol which I feel is more of a "mild" fever reliever.
In the box alongside the bottle of Calpol you get a double sided spoon with a 5ml side and a 2.5ml side. From around 18 months my boys both would take Calpol off the spoon and because of the sweet pleasant strawberry flavour they both have no issues taking Calpol. However I feel the spoon is not as practical and easy to administer such a sweet sticky liquid as it is if you use a syringe. I tended to use a syringe when my boys were under 18 months old as I found it easier to use and I also used to find if Calpol spilt on lighter coloured fabrics if it wasn't washed straight away then it would stain or need a stain remover to get out.
I would definitely recommend Calpol and would agree that it is one of those "essential" products to have in the medicine cupboard as a potential solution to help deal with children's fever and pain relief. However in my experience I do feel that it has not been as effective with dealing with some of the fevers and viruses that my boys have been suffering from as Nurofen for Children has been. I also feel the same way in terms of pain relief and feel that for the occasions when they were in a lot of pain hen back molars were cutting through my boys did not seem to get as much pain relief when given Calpol.
However these were more extreme cases and I have found generally Calpol has been an effective first resort to illnesses my boys have suffered. It also can be alternated with ibroprofen based suspensions. It is worth noting that although the bottle says from 2 months old premature babies or children under 4kg should not be given Calpol. This is something I found there was much confusion about and when my boys were 8 weeks old and given their first immunisations I was told by a nurse they WERE allowed it and then a doctor later told me NOT to give them it because they were under the 4kg mark!
The strawberry flavour makes it very easy to take and as babies and toddlers my boys both have taken Calpol without fuss.
Summary: Another essential for a parent's medicine cabinet
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