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      01.04.2013 02:08
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      Brilliant little sachets of magic medicine!

      ~*~*~ Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension Sachets ~*~*~


      ~ What is it? ~

      Calpol is a medicine designed for babies and children over two months of age. It come in bottle form and also a handy sachet form which is what I will be reviewing.

      The medicine is a light pink colour with a delicious strawberry taste.

      It is brilliant for bringing down a temperature, for aches and pains, colds, sore throat, teething pain, earache and post immunisation fever.

      For use in the home I usually opt for the bottle form of the medicine, however the sachets are great for when you are out and about or even on holiday.

      The box comes with 12 5ml sachets and you can pour the medicine out of the sachet onto a spoon or if your children are anything like mine, they can slurp it out of the pack!!!


      ~ Dosage ~

      Infants 3-6 months
      2.5ml
      Up to 4 times in 24 hours.

      Infants 6-24 months
      5ml
      Up to 4 times in 24 hours.

      Children 2-4 years
      7.5ml
      Up to 4 times in 24 hours.

      Children 4-6 years
      10ml
      Up to 4 doses in 24 hours.


      Calpol can also be used alongside Nurofen for Children for when they are feeling particularly ill, which I feel make the effects quicker and helps them get over the illness with little discomfort and pain.


      ~ Buying it. ~

      Calpol Sachets can be bought in most places, chemists/pharmacies, supermarkets, local shops, even discount stores stock these.

      They are quite recognisable on the shelf due to the purple packaging.


      ~ Using it ~

      As I have already mentioned you can squeeze the sticky pink medicine out of the sachet onto the double sided spoon included in the pack, this is useful for younger babies when the dosage needed is less than the 5ml included in the pack, however my children, now all over the age of 1 year, all slurp it directly from the sachet ... The little pigs!


      ~ Effects ~

      I have always been impressed with the results I have had when using Calpol. I remember having to take it as a child myself and when I had my first son I was advised to use Calpol after his first immunisations and have been using it ever since.

      At the moment my 19 month old and 5yr old are unwell so over the last two days they have been having Calpol before bed to help them sleep, I am using the sachets at the moment as I ran out of the bottled Calpol a few weeks back. I do think they sachets are a bit messier and sticker than using the bottle but they are really convenient and easy to use. They also fit neatly into a first aid kit or baby changing bag, or even in your handbag!

      I find that within 15 - 20 minutes of giving my children Calpol they will seem a lot better in themselves and also not look so ill which means that they obviously work for them.

      I do remember that Calpol used to make my eldest son a bit wild when he was younger but I put that down to him going from being lethargic and ill to feeling more himself and feeling that he had more energy to run around! So I used to give it to him at least and hour and half before bedtime so he would have had time to wind back down!

      All in all I do think Calpol is a brilliant medicine for children, it tastes delicious, is a pretty pink colour and best of all it actually works!


      Thanks for reading :o) x

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      06.02.2013 11:54
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      Works well at relieving pain

      I first bought Calpol around nine years ago on the recommendation of our pediatrician who told me Calpol would be the perfect choice of medicine to bring down any raised temperture or discomford brought on by an immunisation. Although I have bought a few other infant paracetamols since then, Calpol is the one I keep coming back to time and time again and is usually my first choice when it comes to pain relief for my daughters, it is an essential item in my first aid box. I have bought Calpol in the bottle many times but I prefer to use the sachets which I am reviewing today.

      Calpol sachets are packaged in a large durable purple box. The Calpol logo is clearly displayed in the right hand corner along with the fact that this is a paracetamol for infants. There is a picture of a young infant on the left and a diagram picture of the enclosed sachet and measuring spoon. This particular box contains 12 sachets which are strawberry flavour. Calpol is sugar free

      The back of the box gives plenty of information and warnings and of course should be read thoroughly before giving Calpol to you child. Calpol is suitable from 2 months up to around 6 years. A dosage list is given which lets you know how much to give your child depending upon their age. Those who have bought Calpol in the past should also check the list as the recommended dosage has recently been revised. 

      There is a double ended plastic measuring spoon enclosed inside the box, one side has the measurement for a 2.5ml dose whilst the other side has 5ml. Each of the sachets contain 5ml of Calpol. The spoon and sachet make measuring out the correct dosage easy. I find the sachets much more convenient than using the bottle for various reason. The bottles of Calpol tend to get rather sticky but the sachets are far less messy, they are also easy to pop in your handbag. I also like that each sachet is a fresh unopened new dose. The main negative about the sachets is that packaging wise they are far more wasteful, as they cannot be recycled therefore they arn't great for the enviroment. Although they are sugar free they do contain a few E numbers.

      The medicine itself is pink in colour and has a strong synthetic strawberry smell. I can't say I have ever tasted it myself but my children have never complained that it is unpleasant. It has a rather sticky consistency, so it would be handy to have some baby wipes on stand by whilst using this product.

      Over the years I have given Calpol to my children for a myriad of reasons and have always been more than happy with its effectiveness. It works brilliant and quickly at lowering raised temperatures as well as relieving pain from everything from sore teeth to cold symptoms.

      My eldest daughter is too old for this product now but there is a 6+ Calpol available which I now buy for her. I continue to use this Infant version when my four year old is poorly. Calpol is a brand I trust, I know I can rely on their products to help my children feel a little better and I will continue to buy it for my youngest daughter for the foreseeable future.

      * Prices*

      Boots : (12) £3.65, (20) £4.99

      Tesco : (12) £3.50 (20) n/a

      * Calpol is a medicine and it is important to read the instructions carefully before giving this product to your child. If in doubt consult a doctor or pharmacist

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      06.02.2013 10:27
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      A handy essential

      My darling daughter has had, by the age of two, probably more than her fair share of Calpol, as she's suffered terribly from ear infections, colds and glue ear (in fact, she's having grommets put in and adenoid removal in a few days).

      Of course, the doctor has prescribed bottles of non named paracetemol, but I find Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension Sachets brilliant for when you're travelling, or to keep a few in your handbag or the changing bag. They're not heavy, and they're essential kit when you have a baby / toddler.

      The Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension Sachets come in a box holding 12 sachets each of 5ml (which is the recommended dose for over 1 year old) and a double ended dosing spoon (it's 2.5ml, the small side of the spoon, for 2 months to 1 year, it's not recommended to give painkillers to a child under 2 months without speaking to a medical professional first). You can expect to pay anything between £3.50 and £4.50, and they're available quite readily in larger supermarkets and every pharmacy I've visited looking for them. One thing I do recommend is that you ask the pharmacist for an extra spoon or two, I keep one in my handbag, one in the car and one in the changing bag, so I always have them 'on the go' (I use the bottled paracetemol at home).

      I prefer Calpol Sugar Free because my daughter has a full set of baby teeth now and when she's poorly she doesn't always feel up to brushing them, so at least I know she can have the Calpol without worrying about sugar clinging to her teeth and causing problems. It still has the lovely strawberry flavour that I remember from my childhood, and it's no problems getting my daughter to take it, no matter how poorly she feels, no matter how much she is off her food, she'll take the 'magic medicine', probably because she knows by now it will make her feel better.

      The sachets are nice and easy to use, too - no scissors required, the little 2cm x 3cm sachets are foil inside and papery on the outside so they're easy to rip the corner off, and squeeze out an accurate 5ml measure into the spoon. There's many a time my daughter has been sobbing with pain and I've given her these before a car journey or before bed so she's not crying in pain all night. The most I have given her is two in one day, but you can alternate every four hours with Ibuprofen - always check with your health visitor, local nurse or GP first however. I prefer Ibuprofen for bringing down a very high temperature but Calpol (Paracetemol) works better for general pain including her ear pain. But each child is individual.

      Overall, I highly recommend the Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension Sachets, they're ever so handy, they're not at all expensive, and they're easy to use and children love the taste, even when sugar free. I will give them 5 stars out of 5 - they're just a great idea and they've saved us so much stress by us having them on hand.

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      05.02.2013 21:59
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      A great item which provides relief to babies/toddlers

      My daughter is hardly ever ill although only 27 months she seems to be germ free most of the time. However, due to being at nursery she can pick up the odd germ or the sniffles and sometimes she is in need of something to help make her feel a little normal. Now although I really do try not to give her anything there are times when giving her a pain soother is required and I find that this is generally when she is out and about and therefore I need a pain relief product which is travel friendly.

      My item of choice is generally Calpol Sugar Free Sachets which are of course made by Calpol and are a rather handy way of transporting the traditional form of liquid Calpol just in a handy sash which can be popped in a changing bag or handbag ready for those times when they are needed. Calpol is a brand that I trust and happy to use any of their products simply because they tend to do what they claim and it is a brand I have been familiar with when I was first pregnant.

      The sachets are 5ml each and are an ideal single dose. The sachets come in a box of 12 or 20. Regardless of which size you buy the sachets remain the same bright purple colour with an image of a child printed on. The sachets come in a cardboard box which is again purple and features the Calpol logo together with the same image of the child that is on the sachets. There is of course the information about the product together with the dosage information just in case you're not sure on the dosage you need to give.

      The sachets are really the easiest thing to use as once you have taken it out of the box (I tend to carry a few in my handbag for those little moments where your child needs a bit of relief) you simply tear off a corner or a thin strip across the top and simply pour onto a spoon. I do sometimes pour it straight into a beaker of milk as my daughter finds it quite comforting and since having a bad time with some antibiotics recently she is a bit wary of taking medicine of any kind off a spoon.

      Because it is strawberry flavoured it does have a sweet scent to it which is of course appealing to children as it is sweet and makes it go down a lot easier! The sachet version of Calpol has exactly the same consistency and look to it as the bottled version. The sugar free version is a creamy white coloured liquid whereas the normal strawberry flavour sachets are pink but I do prefer giving my daughter a sugar free version simply because of her teeth and I don't like her having too much sugar.

      Now Calpol is of course given to soothe those babies, toddlers, children who are in pain or have a fever. I found that these came incredibly handy when my daughter was teething especially with her back teeth which took a while to come through and she was quite fractious. They have also come to the rescue whilst on holiday because they are such a handy size to take with you and mess free to use.

      I find that the sachets are just as effective as the bottled version and are exactly the same dosage (no more than 4 doses per 24 hours - size/age dependant) so very handy unless of course you are the dosage whereby you have to give 7.5ml and then they can be a bit fiddly but for me I find them a great little product which can provide some quick relief for a fractious toddler and for me as long as they keep her settled and pain free then I will happily keep buying them.

      Overall, definitely a product that I have continued to buy as I just find them so easy to use and handy to carry around as they don't take up a lot of space. For any parent these are a definite must have item especially when teething or have a cold. 5 stars from me.

      == Product Information ==

      Brand: Calpol
      Size: 12 or 20 sachets per box (5ml per sachet)
      Availability: Supermarkets, pharmacies
      Price: From £3 per box

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      24.10.2012 20:43
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      Very handy indeed

      As it is half term at the moment and my childminder has a week off, i had to take annual leave to stay with my daughter so i have decided to go and see my parents for few days. They live abroad so we needed to book a flight to go over. I have only booked a standard baggage which has a restriction of maximum 15kg and needed to be careful of what i take with me as not to go over my limit.

      I wanted to take some medicine just in case my daughter has temprature, i always like to have some on me if i go somewhere just in case as Calpol is not available over here then over in the UK. I also have some in my hand luggage in case i need it. Calpol sachet seemed like a pretty good option for me instead of buying Calpol in the bottle which is heavier.

      ---What it is for?---
      Calpol suspension contains paracetamol and is ussed to releive pain and or bring down fever in conditions such as post-immunisation fever, teething, headache, cold and flu, sore throat and so on. Calpol is suitable for babies from 2 months +.

      ---Calpol sachets---
      Sachets came in the cardboard box with a very well known Calpol design on it. Inside the box, we have 12 individuals sachet of 5ml of Calpol, plastic spon and instruction leaflet. There is also very informative dosage table at the back of the box should. Each individual Calpol sachet again has Calpol logo on it and is purple in colour again with the dosage infomation on it.

      Each 5ml sachet contains: 120mg paracetamol, E420, E218, E216, E214 and 122and maltitol.
      Calpol can not be used with other medication containing paracetamol.

      ---Using sachet---
      I personally think sachets are such a briliant idea. They are very easy to use and ideal for travelling or for going out and about with having to fuff with the bottle. I use Calpol in the bottle at home as it is better value for money but for travelling briliant.

      All you do is tear the sachet as the top as indicated either using scissors or not, i havent used scissors before and managed to open sachet without any problems or spillage. Pour Calpol into the plastic spoon provided and give it to your child.

      So far i have found Calpol quite effective actually when my daughter was teething or had temprature. It relieved her symptoms quite quickly.

      ---Availability and variety---
      Calpol sachet are available in the supermarkets or pharmacists. I brought mine in Sainsburys and paid 3.50 pounds (sorry no pounds sign on my dads computer keyboard). Taking into consideration amount you get, it is better value for money to buy it in the bottle but in this case I have paid for convenience. Calpol sachets are also available in the box of 20 for about the same price. Calpol is also available in Sugar Free option which is the one I have.

      ---Overall---
      I am very happy with this product and would recommend it without hesitation. Very handy which I like especially for travelling or going on holiday or weekend breaks.

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        24.07.2012 21:08
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        Your favourite Calpol in handy sachets

        We've had a bottle of Calpol in our medicine cupboard since our girls were 2 months old and we got some for any post immunisation symptoms. I always buy the large bottle which is great for home use but not very practical for when we are out. I saw these Calpol sachets when I was shopping and thought that they would be ideal to keep in my changing bag.

        The Packaging
        The 12 Calpol sachets are packaged in a cardboard box containing an information leaflet. Each sachet can be torn or cut open. I think it is essential that you can tear these open as you don't want to have to carry scissors around with you too.
        The box and each sachet contain all the age and dose information as well as a few warnings concerning the product.

        What's in each sachet?
        Each sachet contains a 5ml dose of calpol, as my little ones are aged between 1 and 6 years this is the dose I give them so this is ideal for me. A 5ml dose of Calpol contains 120mg Paracetamol which relieves pain and reduces fever. This product is ideal for when little one has a temperature that needs bringing down, is suffering with teething or one of the many colds that they catch.

        How does it taste?
        The liquid is strawberry flavoured and a bright pink colour, this makes it appealing to my little ones. So appealing that if only one of them is ill I have to separate them to give it or there are a lot of tears from the one not getting any.

        How do you give the Calpol?
        I just tear these sachets open and pour the contents onto the white Calpol medicine spoon. The large end of the spoon is 5ml and I little ones always swallow it all with no problem. When they were younger I did find that some would dribble back out and a syringe is easier to ensure that baby takes the whole dose.
        I find that Calpol takes about 15 minutes to work and is like magic at making little ones feel better again. You are limited to 4 doses in 24 hours and so if they are really poorly I use an ibuprofen based pain relief alongside this.

        Price and Availability
        I picked these up in my local Tesco and they currently cost 3.50 for a box of 12 sachets. They are also available from chemists and other supermarkets.

        Would I recommend?
        Yes, these are great for keeping in your changing bag for when you are out and about. I carry paracetamol for myself and with these I can carry it for my girls too.

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          20.03.2012 17:32
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          Anyone with a child will tell you that you pretty much have a bottle of Calpol in your cupboard for years and generally have to administer it quite a few times during the month. I really like Calpol as a medicine for my little boy and girl as it is a very good fever reducer because it contains paracetamol and in the right dosage for them.

          Calpol is basically a liquid form of paracetamol and is intended to relieve pain and fever in many conditions including teething, headache, toothache, sore throat, earache, and so on. What's great is that it really is a heal all medicine in babies and will take care of most of the first problems that they will suffer from. Of course it is not a very strong medicine and the suspension means that it just temporarily takes the pain away, suspends it if you like until baby falls asleep or the pain subsides somewhat.

          Normally Calpol comes in a glass bottle but sometimes I find this is not always convenient. For example there have been various times when we have been on a daily/nightly Calpol regime but have been away for the weekend at say Grandparents house and it is not always suitable to transport a glass bottle with us. This is where these sachets of Calpol really come in handy. You can carry them around with you and don't have to worry about them breaking or leaking in your change bag.

          Each sachet contains 120mg/5ml of paracetamol which is one dose for a child aged 1 to 6 so these are perfect for my little girl so she can just have the sachet and that is enough. The thing I like about these sachets is that you can administer them by just opening the top and pouring it into your littles ones mouth. At first it does take a bit of practise and I just cut one corner and pour it like that but its good to know you don't have to use a measuring spoon if you don't need to or if you don't have one. The medicine is the same as in the bottle, the Calpol is a thick sticky liquid and has quite a sweet strawberry taste I'm sure to make it appealing to babies and a flavour that kids seem to love.

          The sachets are a bit more expensive than the bottle. You can buy a pack of 12 for £2.65 but for pure convenience they are great to have around.

          On the side of the box the dosage limits are given. It does this by age and also tells you to not exceed the stated dose. Of course, I am not a doctor so if you have any questions or concerns I would always say see your doctor.

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            Calpol sachets are a brilliant idea. They are little sachets that contain the correct dose for 1 5ml spoonful of Calpol. This makes it really easy to make sure you are giving your child the correct dosage as it would be dangerous if you are just guessing using a household spoon and giving them too much or the spoon may be too small and you are not giving them enough to help relieve their symptoms.


            The package tells you which doses to give to each age group. For babies aged 2 - 3 months you can only give them half a sachet so you would still need to measure it out onto a spoon, but then it is easier to feed it to a baby on a spoon anyway. You musn't give a baby this small more than 2 half sachets. For babies aged 3 - 12 months you can give them between half and a whole sachet. It would probably still be easier to feed it on a spoon. For children between 1 - 6 years old you can give between one and two sachets of Calpol. I have found that it is easy to cut the top off the sachet and then let the child squeeze the medicine straight out of the sachet. Not sure if this is how you are supposed to do it but I find the child will take the medicine this way where as if you put it on a spoon they are more likely to shy away from it and not want it.


            The Calpol is flavoured with a nice strawberry flavour to make it taste a bit better for the child as there is nothing worse than trying to get a child to take a medicine that tastes horrid especially when they are ill. The medicine it contains is paracetomol so this is why you need to be really careful about dosage as it can cause serious problems if you overdose on this drug. The medicine is sugar free which is a really good thing as you know it is not going to affect their teeth or give them a sugar rush.


            The sachets are really handy to keep in your handbag just in case your child falls ill while you are out. There are all kinds of things that you can use the medicine for, like teething, headache, toothache, sore throat, cold and flu, ear ache and other aches and pains. I find the sachets are great too because if, like me, you look after your grand children now and then, my daughter will buy a big box of these sachets and then just leave a couple round my house in case they need them while I am looking after them save sending round a bottle which might then get forgotten and then she would be without the medicine when they got home again.


            You can currently by 20 sachets in a box from Boots for £4.99.


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              Good for handbags

              After letting my next door neighbour borrow our bottle of Calpol when her son was poorly, she returned it with a few sachets of the same Calpol (sugar free) to replace the few doses she used from the bottle. I hadn't used the sachets before but knowing the contents was exactly the same as the contents of the bottle I wasn't worried about using them.

              --- Calpol ---

              The actual Calpol medicine reminds me of my childhood. The thick, sticky, pink liquid hasn't changed since I was younger and still tastes of the same strawberry taste (not that I've tried it or anything... much!). Even though it is sugar free it still tastes sweet, this is probably because it contains a number of E numbers, this doesn't worry me though as I don't ever give my daughter more than the recommend dose.

              --- Dosage ---

              Our packet currently says these are the recommended dosages, but please for yourself as I think they have changed now.

              Age 2-3 months,2.5ml and if necessary another 2.5ml can be given 4-6 hours later
              Age 3-12 months, 2.5ml - 5ml
              Age 1-6 years, 1 - 2 5ml

              With these sachets containing 5ml, I wouldn't use these on babies between 2-3 months as half of it would be wasted.

              --- Price ---

              A box of 12 sachets costs around the region of £2.50, they can be purchased from lots of the normal places where you would find medicines such as supermarkets and chemists.

              --- My opinion ---

              I originally kept these sachets to use when out and about as they are small and thin and are a lot easier to transport than the big normal Calpol bottle. I normally only administer liquid medicines with a syringe as its a lot easier for my daughter to take and is a lot less messy. However, it isn't possible to use a syringe with the sachet so when I am out and about I have to take a spoon with me instead.

              Squeezing the Calpol from the sachet is quite easy if it has been massaged before opening, if it hasn't been massaged it feels like it takes a long time to squeeze it out. This also makes it difficult to get on the spoon aswell as squeezing hard and aiming for the spoon is quite hard.

              These sachets work in the same way as the bottled Calpol and I've found my daughter doesn't mind taking this medicine as she likes the taste. Around 30 minutes after my daughter has her medicine her symptoms to ease off and she is back to the normal, usually happy child she is.

              Since using the sachets my neighbour gave me, I have been and purchased my own sachets to use when out and about as they are so much easier to transport than a big heavy bottle. They both do the same thing so why not?!

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                05.03.2012 15:40
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                The favoured medicine now in 'on the go' form.

                As a busy mum of three under 6's it gets quite hectic let alone when I have to go out and about and one of them is ill, teething etc. I have always kept a fully stock medicine cupboard (I bought head lice treatments long before they were in school), but as a lover of all things handbag, I was fed up with having sticky bottles and spoons in the bottoms of my bag after a day out.

                On a recent 'stock up' mission to Boots I found these and they have been a bag staple ever since.

                ***COST***
                These come in two pack sizes 12 and 20 priced at £2.65 and £4.49 respectively.
                They also have a 12 pack sugar free priced at £2.69 and an over six's 12 pack version at £3.57.

                These are quite expensive and there are cheaper suspensions on the market but for me this is the only one it is a very trusted brand. These have been on offered in Tesco a few times and may well be cheaper online. The pack also contains a measuring spoon and information booklet.
                I do find that it is more economical to but the bigger pack although I does depend on number of children etc.

                ***DOSAGE***
                These can be used from 2 months for vaccination fever and other aches and pains -
                2-3 months - 2.5ml (no more than 2 doses in 24 hours)
                3-6 months - 2.5
                6-24 months - one 5ml
                2-4 years - one 5ml and one 2.5ml
                4-6 years - two 5ml

                ***NO MORE THAN 4 DOSES IN 24 HOURS. LEAVE 4 HOURS BETWEEN EACH DOSE. DO NOT USE FOR MORE THAN 3 DAYS CONSECTIVELY. DO NOT GIVE WITH ANY OTHER PARACETAMOL PRODUCTS. IN THE EVENT OF OVERDOES SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!***
                (sorry about that but I would rather it stands out).

                Each sachets is around 2 and a ½ inches high by around 1 and a ½ inches wide perfect for bags or even purse's(although my handbag is so big the whole box sometimes gets lost!), and are in the classic purple/pink colour combination, like the outer box. They are made of a paper outer layer while in inside is a metal type paper.

                Each sachet contains 5ml of suspension and all you need to do is cut or tear of the top and release the medicine although it does have a tendency of running down the sides sometimes if its torn. They also have all dosage and information printed on them in case the box is not around!

                The medicine is no different to the normal suspension and has the same colour and taste as the bottled version.

                The box and empty sachets are recyclable although it may depend on your area.

                ***OVERALL***
                I love these and while I still keep a supply of the bottle version, these are now a permanent fixture in my bag, they are super easy to use and you have no sticky bag at the end of the day. Although you are recommended to keep them in the outer box, should you choose not to all the information is also printed on each sachet.
                My only issue with these is that if they are torn instead of cut they do have a tendency to dribble out and run down onto your hands, so wet wipes should be near by!

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                Handy childrens medication

                When I had the letter for my son's first injections top of my shopping list was Calpol. On my next trip into town I went to Wilkinson's and brought a 12 pack of Calpol Sachets for £2.36.

                After my little boy's injections he developed a fever so out came the Calpol sachets.

                I brought the sachets instead of the bottle as with only uses small doses the though of using a bottle and leaving it open didn't appeal to me, also the sachets are easy to carry around in your handbag/changing bag.

                Although I didn't choose Calpol on it ascetic but on its reputation. The box is attractive and stands out. The box is a purple cardboard box with a photo of smiling baby on the front.
                The box clearly states that it's for 2 months plus and sugar free.
                The box includes 12 individual sachets which contain 5ml of Calpol and are easy to open. All dosage information is written on the back of the individual sachets enabling you to take out a sachet and not the whole box.

                Administration of this was quite tricky with my 8 week old baby I tried a spoon and it dribbled straight out of his mouth, I tried putting it in the teat and he wouldn't suck it then I was given syringe which allowed me to squirt it straight in to his mouth...Result!!

                Dosage -
                2-3 months: 2.5 ml may be given. A second 2.5 ml be given if needed after 4-6 hour. Do not give more than 2 doses.
                3-12 months: 2.5 ml - 5 ml up to 4 times in 24 hours
                1-6 years: One to two 5 ml doses, up to 4 times a day as necessary.

                The product contains paracetamol so I did give it as a last resort but with an hour of administrating the 2.5ml of Calpol my little boy's temperature came right down. He was still whiney and clingy but a lot brighter and went to sleep.

                I personally find Calpol great and the sachets are great for freshness and will be great to days out in case illness greets us.

                When my little boy is bigger and requires a bigger dose I will consider buying the bottle to keep in the bathroom cabinet. I would recommend having these to hand if you have children.

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                09.04.2011 10:27
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                Great for on the move

                Ever since my son was around three months old calpol has been an always present item in my medicine box. At just a few weeks old my son developed a nasty fever and although at that point we had to take him to hospital so they could assess the situation and then work out how much paracetamol he could be given going off his weight it left me with the feeling that you can never be too prepared in case your child does get ill.

                Up until our holiday last year I had always just bought the bottles of calpol but just before our trip my son began to look a bit like he was coming down with something and so I picked up a box of the calpol sugar free infant suspension sachets to take with us. My reasoning behind this was that they were small and easily carried in my bag and I would not need a spoon to administer them should he become ill on the coach or whilst we were out and about.

                The sachets come in a thin cardboard box. It is purple in colour and features the calpol name on the front as well as a picture of a smiling baby. There is no way you could not know that this product is part of the calpol range as it is designed well to keep in line with the rest of the brand.

                Inside the box there are twelve individual sachets. Again the sachets are purple with the calpol name. Each sachet contains 5ml of the strawberry flavoured medicine. What I really like about these sachets is that all the dosage information and important things you need to know about the medicine is printed on every sachet meaning that you can throw a couple of them in your bag or purse and you will always be prepared then.

                To use the sachet I simply tear off the top of the sachet and the squeeze the medicine in to my son's mouth. Now, my son is five and so we have no issues with this method but perhaps for a baby or smaller child it may be an idea to squeeze it on to a spoon and give it to them that way. As I mentioned earlier each sachet contains 5ml of the medicine and so for young babies only half this dose may be required and so again a spoon may be handy but you should also bear in mind that you may be throwing away half a sachet there too. I find that giving the sachet a good squuze from the bottom to the top gets the majority of the medicine in to my son's mouth. I know I will not be giving him too much of the medicine with these sachets as, if anything, he is likely to be getting slightly less than the 5ml dose as I think it is impossible to get every last drop of medicine out of the sachet! Of course with the medicine spoons you can also measure accurately. These sachets are obviously the same medicine as calpol and as such it is important to note that it is a paracetamol product and should not be goven with any other paracetamol containing product.


                I find these sachets are very handy for when I am out and about and they give me a bit of reassurance that should my son become unwell whilst we are out I can help to make him feel more comfortable immediately rather than have to wait until we get home to help him.

                The dosage information is as follows:
                Children age 3-12 months: 2.5-5ml up to four times in a 24 hour period
                Children age 1-6 years: one to two 5ml sachets up to four times in a 24 hour period.

                Now obviously if your child is at home and pretty poorly and therefore needing calpol up to four times a day it would make sense to give them the medicine dose from a bottle of calpol as you will soon go through a box of sachets if you were needing to use a few of these per day when your child is ill. As a box of sachets costs £3.50 I would say they are best suited to being carried around on your travels just as a precautionary measure in case your child becomes unwell.

                Thank you for reading my review!

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                  31.03.2011 21:43
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                  An ok alternitive to the bottle

                  I was advised to buy calpol by my health visitor after my little boy had his first injections. After going to find my usual bottle i found they only had the satchets at my local pharmacy so I decided to give them a go.

                  Calpol is a medicine designed for young children and babies. It comes in a purple box that contains 12 5ml satchetsand a spoon so you are able to give it to little one. I findusing a syringe is a lot better for younger children as it can be very awkward giving a 3 month old it from a spoon. It has a strawberry flavoured to make it more attractive for children to take, which does work with my older 2 as they actually do not mind taking it. My younger son just does not like it at all.

                  I myself do not take this But after 10 minutes of my children taking this they seem to calm down and feel a little better.When they are poorly they approach me and ask for some magic as this is our word for calpol in our house. My sister in law does not take tablets and she actually uses 2 doses of this as a pain killer for her tooth when she has tooth ache. I laughed at her but she said that it works wonders.

                  My only problem with the satchets is the fiddling around need to open then empty into the spoon can end up in a very stiocky situation.It can drip down the packet and make a mess or it easier to misjudge the spoon and where the calpol will pour

                  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.With 3 young children all under 5 I always keep a bottle of this is my medicine cupboard. It cost around £3 for12 satchets. You also receive a spoon in the packet. I would recommend this to anyone with young children in the house and is can be a good help when they are poorly. I will stick to the bottle purley for the mess and fiddle factor as i prefer easy pooring rather then having to squeeze it out the packet.

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                    An excellent medication suitable for an array of symptoms from 2 months to 6 year-olds

                    Who? ~*~ 'Grandparents are similar to a piece of string - handy to have around and easily wrapped around the fingers of their grandchildren'

                    I've used Calpol for my grand-children for the past seven years. I'm a hands-on grand-parent with four beautiful tots-with-attitude! I have the privilege of having my grand-children to stay over-night on the weekends, apart from many other occasions when my daughter phones asking, 'can you have the children for a pair of hours'. My daughter's pair of hours is not calculated the same as you and I! But, as I adore these too cute for words tots, I'm like Duracell batteries, ever-ready!

                    Why? ~*~ 'Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap'

                    As with all children, my grand-tots have gone through teething discomfort, coughs and fevers. So finding a gentle but very effective medicine to help the symptoms sub-side is very important to both me and my daughter. Calpol fits our requirements. I have always purchased the medicine in bottle form, but my daughter bought me the sachets to see if I felt them more convenient.

                    The Product ~*~ 'A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down', not in this suspension!

                    Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension Sachets come in a box that contains 12 x 5ml packets. They are designed to be used to relieve discomfort and pain along with lowering high temperatures. The feature of this product that I find excellent is that it is even suitable for both babies and children from the age of two months to six years.

                    Although the information sheet notes that the ages of two to three months refer to weights of 4kg and not for babies born prematurely. No doubt this is to do with, among other contraindications, low birth weights being unsuitable for the Paracetamol content in the medicine.

                    The product is packaged with a very handy and practical double-ended measuring spoon, the smaller spoon for a 2.5ml measurement, and the larger for a 5ml measurement. I didn't need the larger spoon when administering 5ml doses as each sachet contains that amount.

                    Experience via the Grand-Children ~*~ 'Unconditional positive regard is rarely given by anyone except a grandparent'

                    The grand-children have suffered the same illnesses as each other concerning my experience of this product. But for a varied account, I will comment on a separate usage experience for each of my grand-children.

                    My eldest grand-son had a serious tooth defect that meant he had to go to the dentist to have it removed. As we were warned, a fever did arise soon thereafter. I spent considerable time nursing my grand-son along with his anxious mum! My grand-son was five at the time so we administered two of the sachets, measuring 10mls in total. Six hours later, we gave him a further sachet (5mls). By the evening, my grand-son had a further 5ml sachet. This now brought the total to four doses, the maximum to be given in twenty-four hours. My little grand-son loved the strawberry-flavoured liquid so much, he wanted more! But of course, with the 120mg of paracetamol in each 5ml sachet, the maximum dosage advice is there for a very good reason! The suspension worked. The fever subsided by the third dose. We gave a fourth dose due to the discomfort my grand-son was still experiencing through the pain from the tooth removal. He slept soundly during the night and with no further fever or discomfort, no further medication was needed; to the disappointment of my grand-son!

                    My eldest grand-daughter experienced a very nasty sore throat, sadly not the first! I used one 5ml sachet for the onset of the condition. She drifted off to sleep within the hour but awoke very tearful as her throat was very sore. As it had been four hours since the last dose, and being four, my daughter gave her another dose of 5ml. She needed a further dose that day, but having slept most of the time, woke refreshed and much happier. Although the throat discomfort continued throughout the next day, the medication certainly took the edge off the pain. Furthermore, as the tasty sweet liquid is a lovely pink, it won my grand-daughter's favour!

                    My youngest grand-son suffered a dreadful cold over the winter. The cold resulted in him developing a high temperature to. Both I and my daughter administered the Calpol over three days. We only needed to give a 5ml sachet each evening, as this is when my grand-son was particularly poorly. With careful monitoring and care, my little four year old grand-tot was soon back to his mischievous self. The cold continued for a further two weeks, whereby, only the occasional single dose was needed. I feel that the suspension played a large role in making the illness far easier for my grand-son to cope with. The medication brought down his temperature within the hour of administering. As the cold continued for more than three days, and further medication would be needed on occasion, we took my grand-son to my daughter's GP to seek advice as medicine should not be given over three days without consulting the GP.

                    My youngest grand-daughter is only three weeks old!

                    Dosage And Uses Advice From The Company ~*~ 'An ill Wind'!

                    The manufacturers advise only half a sachet, which is 2,5ml to a whole sachet, 5ml, for ages of three to twelve months. For children ages between one to six years, one to two sachets, and equaling 5 to 10mls can be given. Four doses can be given during a twenty-four hour period. The suspension can assist in the relief of many symptoms from toothache, sore throat, cold and flu as noted above, to post-immunisation fever, earache and more!

                    Contraindications ~*~ 'Oh doctor, I'm in trouble...Well, goodness gracious me'

                    Any medicine can incur side-effects. And, although Calpol is a very gentle medication, it too can carry a small risk of some mild side effects. Things to look out for in this regard would be a rash on the skin. If this is noticed, one needs to contact their GP. Furthermore, it is very rare that folk taking paracetamol medications can feel unusually tired, even experience bleeding, bruising and encounter experience more infections than general. If you have these concerns, your local pharmacist or GP will be able to help. I only mention these issues out of conscience as paracetamol is not to be taken lightly, excuse the pun!

                    This suspension should not be given to a child if they have ever experienced a bad reaction to any of the components in the medicine. Additionally, the medication should not be given to a child if they are taking any other medicine that contains paracetamol. In such cases, the GP must be consulted.

                    Where? ~*~ 'Every Little Helps'!

                    This format of Calpol suspension also comes in larger packages of 20 x 5ml. My daughter bought my first pack of 12 sachets from Tesco. They are currently available at Tesco for £2.50 which works out at a reasonable 21p each. The packs can be purchased through most high street pharmacies and large grocery stores as well as on-line.

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