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The Nurofen for Children Strawberry suspension is available for GBP 3.69.
The suspension comes in a glass bottle with a white screw cap. On the glass bottle are the product name and the product information. The glass bottle contains 100 ml.
The suspension is described as follows. "Nurofen for Children is an effective and fast-working treatment for pain and fever reduction. In fact, nothing helps relieve your baby's fever faster or for longer than Nurofen for Children. Starts to work in just 15 minutes to bring down a temperature. Relieves fever for up to 8 hours and is clinically proven to last longer than paracetamol. Treats pain from those little tumbles, earache and relieves the fever associated with teething. Is the best-selling Ibuprofen suspension for children. Is sugar and colour free. Comes with a free easy dosing device, which helps make giving the correct dose to your child simple."
The ingredients are ibuprofen, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium chloride, sodium saccharin, domiphen bromide, purified water, polysorbate 80, maltitol syrup, xanthan gum, strawberry flavour and glycerin. 5 ml suspension contain 100mg ibuprofen.
The suspension can be dosed well with the dosing device, that comes with the suspension. The suspension tastes sweet and slightly fruity, the strawberry flavour is not too intensive. The suspension brings down a temperature and relieves fever. The suspension treats pain. After intake no side effects can be noticed.
I can recommend the Nurofen for Children Strawberry suspension, as the suspension relieves fever and treats pain. The suspension has a sweet and slightly fruity taste, that reminds of strawberry.
I'm not going to lie. I use Calpol as my main source of pain relief. However what do you do when your little one had calpol 3 hours ago (suggested use:every 4 hours) and is running a fever? Thats where nurofen comes in. I like the fact that I can use this with Calpol in the times when Tyler (my son) is particuarly poorly. It is more expensive than the store brands but unlike with Calpol I find that Nurofen seems to act quicker than the store brands.
Nurofen comes with a syringe in the box. I have never given medicine using a spoon, I think a syringe is much handier, easier to administer to young babies and children and is also a much more effective way of measuring how much medicine your little one is taking. Some children do not like to take medicine from a syringe, luckily I do not have this problem with my son and therefore consider the syringe very handy.
The syringe is also very easy to wash up. I tend to put it in first when I do the washing up and just clean it with a bottle brush I kept from when Tyler used to have bottles. Its important to clean this up within the first 24 hours (I know some people will let their washing up sit!). Once i put a syringe on the side and without my realisation it rolled under the microwave. It must of been there at least a week and the bottom was kind of black and stained. This syringe went in the bin. Luckily every box of nurofen you buy contains a syringe so even if you do run out of syringes you can just stock up.
I haven't met many children who dislike Nurofens strawberry flavour, Tyler is not an exception, when you have a kid crying because his friend has been given medicine and he's not having any you know they are winning in the flavour stakes!
Nurofen is usually available for many places including local supermarkets and pharmacies however I have had trouble locating it in anywhere other than Tesco recently. You can buy an 100ml bottle from tesco for £3.30 (which is a tad steep I must admit). I searched for it on Amazon recently and someone was trying to flog it for £40! I assume this has to do with the recall some time ago, perhaps affecting Nurofens reputation. I however have never encountered any problems and would continue to use it unless was told it was unsafe for my child.
I am very rarely brand loyal with anything including my medicins so when I saw this in a discount store for a lot less than I could get a bottle of calpol for I brought it to give it a try as I do love a bargain and will penny pinch where ever I can.
Nurofen for children is available in two different flavours, strawberry or orange so is ideal if you have a child that doesnt like to take one or the other but as none of mine have any preference it doesnt matter to me which we have and I have used both.
Nurofen is an ibuprofen pain relief and fever reducer which claims to work in just 15 minutes, I do agree with this as it does work really quickly and quite often my children will say there head ache has gone with in half an hour of taking this medicin which is much faster than I have found with others but it does take around an hour to reduce a fever but lasts longer than other medicins as it kept my daughters fever at bay for 8 hours before I had to give her any more and have never needed to give a second dose for a headache.
This medicin says it is suitable from 3 months of age but it does need to be given to a baby of more than 5kg so may not be suitable for all babies this early on.
I have used this for quite a few different reasons and ailments with my four daughters and found good results each time, I did once find it didnt bring a fever down on Stevie when she had a middle ear infection so went to a walk in center only to discover from the staff there that I can use this with other paracetamol containing medicins like calpol but not calprofen as this contains ibuprofen.
You can purchase this in a medicin bottle or as sachets in a box for use when you are out and about which is ideal for putting in your bag rather than taking the bottle with you.
Over our use of this product it has worked really well for us and we have not had any side effects from it, it suits all my children as can be used up until they are 12 years old so I dont need to buy seperate medicins for each of them, I would recomend this to anyone and even better if you can pick it up for a £1 like I did the first time.
I first bought Nurofen a few years ago when my son had flu and I found out from the chemist that you can take this alternatively along with the paracetamol therefore giving them more pain relief.
My son had the usual flu symptoms, a runny nose, headache and sinus pain, his body also ached and we had been giving him the usual calpol which had helped but he was still in quite a lot of pain. Because this product contains ibuprofen the chemist advised it could be taken with the paracetamol.
It is aimed at children and can be taken from age 3 months so its ideal for babies injections. This particular one can be used until they are 9 years old.
When I used this product I was really pleased with how it worked. My son said that it made the pains and aches go away and he felt much better quite quickly. I just ensured that I have him the medicine every 4 hours so that he had constant pain relief, it is also important to keep them well hydrated which I did.
The medicine comes in a bottle and also a syringe. I found that the syringe is much easier to use than the spoons which are normally provided with these medicines as you don't spill any and its also easier for giving to children too especially if they dont like taking the medicine. The dosage amounts are written on both the box and the bottle so great incase the box gets damaged
The medicine is strawberry flavor and my son says it tastes nice.
This medicine itself contains Ibuprofen (100 mg/5 ml) which reduces the temperature and relieves aches and pains. The medicine is sugar free; and is clear in color.
Overall I feel this is a really good product that does what it claims. It is reasonably priced at around £3.50 and is a must have for the medicine cabinet for anyone with children.
When a young child screams and cries for elongated periods in their cot they are generally in a lot of pain, for that reason these junior pain relief options are generally 5 out of 5 products for any parent if they work.
The Nurofen for Children Strawberry pain relief clearly does work from our own experience and for that reason I would heartily recommend it to anyone with a child. The strawberry flavour just makes it much more palatable to a child.
This comes in a variety of sizes, the bottle is childproof (I think sometimes they should mention it is dad-proof too!!), you are also given a handy syringe type device which avoids clumsily trying to stick a spoon in a distraught child's mouth, meaning you just push the syringe and they swallow the medicine.
Nurofen for children is available from all decent chemists and supermarkets we buy the 200ml bottle from Tesco for £6.49, the 100ml bottle costs £3.15 and you can also buy packs of 16 sachets for £4.39.
This product can be used for kids between 3 months to 12 years old, from 3 months if a child weighs more than 5kg they can be given 2.5ml, 3 times in any 24 hour period, which is useful when a child is really suffering a serious illness, from one year onwards they can take 5ml, times in 24 hours and as they get older the dosage increases slightly until they pass 12 years old and move onto adult medicines.
For me the syringe is a godsend, at 2am when a young child is screaming and crying, trying to balance medicine on a spoon and avoid you both wearing it is nigh on impossible, the syringe allows you to place it locked into the neck of the bottle, draw the syringe out until you have enough liquid for the dose and then gently place it in your childs mouth and slowly release the liquid allowing them to swallow it easily without force.
Washing up the syringe is easy and straight forward and the whole idea is brilliant, simple and yet incredibly effective.
The Nurofen generally kicks in fairly quickly, it seems to reassure our little one just tasting the strawberry flavouring, but the bottle suggests you should allow at least 15 minutes for effects to take hold. Nurfofen for kids can last up to 8 hours and is sugar and colour free, it suggests it works better than paracetamol, we also have calpol which works well, but we seem to have settled on this as our main product for pain relief.
The medicine can be used for colds, flu, fever, immunisation fever, earache, teething and other problems, we have used it during teething alongside bonjela and used it after immunisations to ensure our little one had some relief when the effects of the jab kicked in. Overall I think it has been hugely useful to us and well worth the cost. A bottle lasts quite a long while and we prefer to err on the side of caution and only use in extremis, rather than using it for every little situation.
Having read American paediatric reports suggesting that using too much paracetamol can lead to medical problems in later life, we have been very careful with use. Our little one knows when Nurofen is used that it will help alleviate pain, but only when it is absolutely necessary.
Overall this has been a wonderful product for us, it has helped us during times when we really have worried for our little ones health, it has helped ease the stress of immunisations and reduce the stress of teething for our little one. While the medicine is a tad expensive it's been worth every penny for us.
Our second son was 7 weeks early, and despite everything else being relatively normal, he is rather prone to catching colds and, in particular, ear infections. Our eldest has also caught a few of these, and this winter has been a particular nightmare with both of them often ill together. It shows more in the middle of the night than at any other time, so sleep hasn't been very regular for any of us.
When it comes to remedies, doctors are likely to tell you to keep administering calpol and nurofen, one is paracetamol based and the other ibuprofen based, meaning they can be taken together as they're not in the same family, as it were. Nurofen has been something we have used for a number of years both as adults and with our kids, and now the way you administer it to your kids has become a lot easier.
If you want to, you can still use a spoon to give them the 5ml dose recommended, but now they provide a syringe with it, and it's ever so easy to use. The neck of the bottle has a plastic piece attached to it which curves in to a small circular hole, the perfect size for the syringe to fit into. Apply a little pressure and it almost clicks into place, and you then turn it upside down and pull the tip of the syringe, which will then fill with the nurofen. You can adjust it to however much you want in there, as there are options to give half doses more regularly.
Simple and easy to use, I suppose the main important element of this is the actual medicine inside. The nurofen is a gloopy and creamy liquid, and is flavoured with strawberry. I sometimes wonder why certain medicines are flavoured how they are, with strawberry here and banana for antibiotics for kids, and then along comes something like cough medicine which is flavoured with everything horrible under the sun, and you wonder why it's done. Either way, this is very pleasant tasting and the gloopiness means it's easy to swallow.
The nurofen contains ibuprofen, which is essentially a painkiller. It serves a multiple of functions for babies and kids here, and especially when you can't really explain and they can't understand it's certainly handy to have it tasting so nice. It works with both our boys, providing relatively quick pain relief for the majority of issues, although for us as I've said this is usually things like ear infections. This 'oral suspension' comes in a brown bottle that is still hard but ever so slightly squeezable. It's a nearly hard plastic basically. There is the standard childproof lid, and you can give it to kids from 3 months up to 9 years. Again, with the plastic bottle, this means it's easy to transport without fear of smashing it or it squidging everywhere in sachets.
We've been very happy with the results of using this Nurofen. Combined with Calpol it can be excellent depending on how ill your child is, but even on its own it's an effective method of pain relief for kids, and has helped to clear them of ear pain on a number of occasions, as well as reducing temperatures and general pain. Of course, if pain is a regular occurrence then a GP is recommended as there may be something more sinister going on, but in our case he's prone to catching an ear infection in the cold weather.
I'd highly recommend this. It's widely available and should cost around the £3 mark for a 100ml bottle. It's effective pain relief for kids and along with Calpol is one of the things we regularly have to hand. Recommended.
Having two children in our household I find a quality pain relief an important part of our first aid box. Whilst I try not to give my children pain killers often I do find that at times it is unavoidable. Usually I choose Calpol but I saw this Nurofen Ibuprofen on offer and decided to give it a try.
Nurofen Children's Ibuprofen is packaged in a large durable grey and orange box. The brand logo is clearly displayed in the right hand corner along with the fact that this is a Ibuprofen for children between the ages three months and nine years. There is a picture of a baby and a young child infant and a diagram picture of the enclosed dosing syringe. This particular box contains a 100ml bottle of oral suspension which is strawberry flavour. Nurofen is sugar and colour free.
The back of the box gives plenty of information and warnings. A dosage list is given which lets you know how much to give your child depending upon their age ( and / or weight).
Instructions are included in the box and should be read thoroughly before giving the product to your child. The enclosed is the 5ml dosing syringe which is easily inserted into the top of the opened bottle and allows the correct dosage to be measured easily with no mess. I have actually found the syringe is a much more effective and convenient way of administering medicine compared to the usual dosing spoon provided with other medicines. The brown bottle itself is plastic with a white child proof screw on lid. The label on the front gives similar information to the outer box. The fact that this is a plastic bottle rather than glass is quite positive in my opinion, it means the product can be popped into a bag without the worry of breakage, it is also lighter.
Nurofen can be used for effective pain relief from:
*Reducing temperature (including fever caused by immunisation)
* Sore throats
* Minor aches
* Cold / flu symptoms
The medicine itself is white in colour and has a sweet synthetic strawberry fragrance. I cant say that I have ever tasted it myself, but my children seem to actually like the taste. As with most medicines it is quite sticky so I would suggest having some wipes handy whilst using this product.
When my daughters both caught a rather bad cold I gave them this Nurofen Ibuprofen to help relieve their sore throats and lower their temperature's. I was very pleased with the results, it seemed to work well and helped my children feel a much better. My eldest daughter has also been suffering from tooth ache which seems to be particularly troublesome at night, a dose of Nurofen seems to do the trick and ensure a decent nights sleep for all.
I would certainly but Nurofen Ibuprofen for children again and therefore have no problem in recommending it.
Nurofen for children is also available in orange flavour.
Boots (200ml) £6.59
Superdrug (100ml) £3.15
Tesco (100ml) £3.00
* Nurofen for children is a medicine, it is important to read the instructions thoroughly before giving to your child. If in doubt, consult a doctor or pharmacist.
A few months ago following a sleepness night with my daughters teething, we decided to use something other than Calpol. Nurofen for children was available in Orange flavour or strawberry-we tried the latter as I know the children like the taste of strawberry medicine. It was a 100ml bottle for £3.15 from Asda-but I have also seen it in many other stores such as Boots-and you can buy larger bottles in a small number of stores. The 100ml is the normal sized bottle found in the majority of stores. Your are able to buy this in a sachet form, but I find the syringe a lot easier if your child is not cooperating.
Nurofen for children comes in a yellow, red and silver box, with a picture of a little girl and boy on the front.
Nurofen for children strawberry suspension is especially for children from 3 months (or a child over 6kg) to 12 years old. It is an oral suspension with 100mg of ibuprofen per 5ml dose. Doses should be given at least 4 hours apart, but for smaller children it works best when given 6-8 hours apart.
There are various different doses dependant on the age range of the child, they are as follows;
3-6 months(6kg+) 2.5ml maximum of 3 doses within 24 hours
6-12 months 2.5ml maximum of 3-4 doses within 24 hours
1-3 years 5ml maximum of 3 doses within 24 hours
4-6 years 7.5ml maximum of 3 doses within 24 hours
7-9 years 10ml maximum of 3 doses within 24 hours
10-12 years 15ml maximum of 3 doses within 24 hours
Each bottle is supplied with a syringe in the lid, with the different doses clearly marked out. For the larger doses you have to place the syringe in the bottle again until you have reached the right doseage.
Nurofen for children strawberry suspension is all sugar free and contains no colourant. Nurofen is especially for mild to moderate pain, fevers, teething, headaches, toothache, sprains and sore throats, but we have found that it works best on the sprains and teething and toothache pains.
I would definitely recommend Nurofen for children. I don't personally think it is as good as other brands for reducing fevers, but the ibuprofen content works absolutely brilliant on reducing swelling. My children have never had any bad side effects from it.
I have used Nurofen for Children Strawberry flavour with my two youngest children. I find that it complements paracetamol very well - and so it's a good product to have in the house.
Nurofen for Children Strawberry is available in practically all pharmacies and supermarkets - and so it's very easily accessible. It comes in a bottle which contains 100ml of the medicine - and this bottle costs £3.15 from Superdrug. This is more expensive than other child preparation ibuprofen medication, but it does have the flavour that my children seem to like the most. Considering ibuprofen is such an inexpensive medication, I really don't see why this needs to be priced as high as this, but at the end of the days the Nurofen name sells which is why this preparation can be priced higher than others.
The bottle has a child proof lock, but should obviously be kept out of reach of kiddies, especially as it tastes to nice. There is a comprehensive patient and product information leaflet within the box - and further directions printed on the bottle - which is clear and easy to follow. There is also an oral administration syringe which allows accurate measuring and makes giving it to the non-compliant child a little easier and less messy.This syringe can be washed (and sterilised for small babies) and so is reusable as many times as needed.
The flavour is strawberry and the preparation is sugar free - and both my younger children really like the flavour of it and so I don't need to do battle with them in order to get them to take it. It is sweet and gloopy and it's especially suitable for children. Each 5mls of the preparation contains 100mg - and dosages are written on the bottle according to the age of the child.
In terms of using this for pain, it seems to produce really good results. Undoubtedly, within about 30 minutes of administering the Nurofen preparation, it is clear that it's taking effect - and like I said, it seems to work even better if it's used in conjunction with paracetamol.
Overall, I would recommend Nurofen for Children Strawberry - although I think it is a little overpriced.
I am a mother to 16 months old toddler and although she is not a very sicky baby and I do not usually like to give her any medication unless necessary, I have found myself being grateful for Nurofen on a few occasions.
Nurofen for children is suitable for children from 3 months to 9 years and can be purchased from most supermarkets/pharmacies. I usually buy mine in a supermarket, the last purchase of Nurofen was from Sainsbury's for about £2 which was offer price, full price of this product is normally around £3 which is ok, I think it is similarly priced in most shops.
It comes in two flavours, orange and strawberry (I normally buy strawberry one as my daughter prefers it), it is sugar and colour free which every mother likes to see. Considering it is sugar free, I still found surprisingly sweet and so no wonder my daughter likes it.
Nurofen medicine is off white in colour and comes 100ml bottle (the bottle is actually made of a plastic rather than a glass with is a plus). I haven't actually seen bigger bottles than this unlike Calpol which can be purchased in big bottles as well. The box is bright orange which co-ordinates with other Nurofen brand medicines. It has couple of children's on it (a boy and a girl). Instructions that come with the medicine are very informative and easy to read, understand and follow, it has a table explaining the dosage depending on the child's name. Directions for use and dosage table are also printed on the box which is very useful in case you lose instructions or accidentally put them in the bin.
Another thing about Nurofen that I particularly like is that it comes with 5ml dosing syringe. The way it works is that the syringe fits into the plug of the neck of the bottle. Once you place syringe into the plug, turn the bottle upside down and draw correct dosage of Nurofen into the syringe depending on your childs age. You then give your child medicine straight from the syringe. I must say I found this very easy and "mess free" as there are no spill over the carpet/floor/bed/ clothes etc which is a usual case when I try to give medicine by using plastic spoon.
Nurofen contains Ibuprofen and so can be used as a pain relief with teething, aches, reduces fever temperature and also reduces symptoms of flu - to name a few. I have mostly used it for teething. On doctors' advice, it can be used with Calpol (appropriate for your child's age) if needed. My daughter is very active and even if she has temperature she never stops but when she is not herself she can be grizzly at times (as any child really), I found Nurofen has been always effective in easing teething pain or reducing temperature really quickly.
There are few side effects as with any other medicine, these are listed on the leaflet.
There is no mention of disposing this medicine after so many days/weeks since it has been open and it lasts me ages as I do not use it on a regular basis. Each bottle and box have expiry date on it, mine current bottle will expire in March 2015.
Overall I found Nurofen effective and I always make sure I have some at home in case I need it.
I like to have a bottle of an ibuprofen medicine in the cupboard so that if my daughter is in quite a lot of pain and Calpol isn't quite enough to take the edge off, I can give her some and it usually takes her pain away.
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This Nurofen for children is available in two flavours, strawberry and orange.
Children between the ages of 3 months and 9 years can take this, with the following different dosages:
3 to 6months - 2.5ml up to 3 times a day
6 to 12months - 2.5ml up to 4 times a day
1 to 4years - 5ml up to 3 times a day
4 to 7years - 7.5ml up to 3 times a day
7 years and above - 10ml up to 3 times a day
Leaving 4 hours between each dose.
The Nurofen can be bought in two different size bottles, 100ml and 200ml. They are widely available from chemists and supermarkets. A 100ml bottle can set you back anything from £3 upwards.
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The box for this Nurofen for children is the same type of packaging it has for all it's products, silver in colour and featuring the red, orange and yellow target. The box contains all the normal information you would find on a product of this type, dosage information and warnings. Inside the box is an information leaflet, the child proof bottle and a syringe for administering the medicine.
The bottle is a lot different to the Calpol type bottles. After opening the lid of this one you will find a sort of plastic seal on top of the bottle, it has a small hole suitable for the syringe. The syringe needs to be pushed in until it is secured in place with a click. The bottle then needs to be tipped up and the required amount of medicine pulled out into the syringe. It makes you feel like you should be working in a hospital! I must admit, the bottle put me off using this at first but the more I got used to it, the more I realised it was mess free and wasn't as awkward as I first thought.
We bought the strawberry flavour, as I thought my daughter would be more likely to take this without any trouble as she likes strawberry flavoured Calpol. It seems she does like this too, and will take it without putting up a fight.
We bought this to use along side Calpol (or stores own paracetamol suspension) when my daughter is in a lot of pain. It worked well, and I would alternate between Calpol and Nurofen and she seemed pain free, the only problem with taking them together is keeping track of what has been taken and when so I always right it down just to be on the safe side.
We've also used the Nurofen as primary pain relief when we've had no Calpol in the house. It works just as well as Calpol and relieved mild pains within 30 minutes, and this would last for about 3 and a half hours, so it was never long before she could take another dose.
I'd definitely recommend this Nurofen, although I've found stores own ibuprofen work just as well as this, if you can find it on offer, pick it up! It relieves my daughter of most of her pains, and if it doesn't get rid of them completely you can always use a paracetamol based medicine along side it.
As I have mentioned in previous reviews, my daughter is currently teething. Thankfully we now have two teeth through, but at the start of this week she was particularly troubled with teething again, and terribly grumpy. In the past I have always reached for the calpol and the nelson's teetha, however, they didn't really seem to be as effective as they had been in the past, and my daughter still seemed to be in a lot of discomfort at times. The cheeks were burning, she was biting everything she could get, she was restless and generally all round not her usual happy self.
My husband was talking to a friend who recommended nurofen over calpol for teething, as nurofen is supposed to be an anti inflammatory and therefore better at soothing sore gums than calpol. I was willing to give anything new a try to help relieve my daughters pain, which seemed particularly intense this time. So, I decided to buy some nurofen in the strawberry flavour (it also comes in orange). A bottle of this, which is designed for children from 3 months to 9 years cost me £3 in Tesco.
Nurofen states that it is both colour and sugar free, and does promote itself as being effective at reducing a fever. THis product claims to work at reducing a fever within 15 minutes and should keep a fever and symptoms associated with pain/fever at bay for 8 hours. This is an ibuprofen suspension, and when I saw this I was a little concerned, as although I'm no doctor, I didn't think it was good to take too much ibuprofen, but after reading the instructions that came with it, it put my mind at rest, as long as it wasn't given for longer than three days in a row, and given according to the dosage.
In terms of giving this medicine to my daughter, I found it quite unusual. I am so used to the pouring the calpol onto a spoon, which I can do one handed, when I have a rather grumpy baby in my arms. THis on the other hand was certainly not a one handed job. Instead of a spoon, this product is given via a syringe, which goes into the top slot of the bottle, then turned upside down and you can extract the right amount using the dosage at the side of the syringe.
My daughter had no problems taking this product and happily took it all and in the end I found it easier to give to my daughter than the calpol on the spoon as there was less spillage. My daughter sometimes struggles to get all the calpol off the spoon, but there isn't this problem with the syringe.
When I first gave this to my daughter, I did feel that it made a difference once it took affect, and it did seem to help give her some relief from the discomfort. I gave it overnight, to help give her a good nights sleep, and it certainly seemed to help. The next day, as a precaution after having two very bad days of teething, I decided just to give it to my daughter in the morning after her morning bottle. As the morning went on, although she was in good form and didn't seem to be too bothered with sore gums, however, she was constantly burping and bringing up very big belches, which is sooo unlike her. I still struggle to get wind up at times! When I looked at the side effects however, one of the main ones was indigestion and heartburn, and so I have to presume that this was the cause. I haven't give nurofen to my daughter since, simply because the teething pain has stopped again, but I will be more cautious about how often I give this to her, is she is going to be burping etc. She wasn't upset with it, but I don't think it can be very good for her or for her stomach.
All in all, although this product is easy to give, and does work well at reducing the pain associated with teething, I do worry a little about the indigestion and heartburn that my daughter obviously had as a result. In total she has only had three dosages of this product, well over the 8 hour period in each case, so I wouldn't say she was getting too much, but I will be cautious in the future about this and only use when she is in extreme pain and discomfort and calpol has not been as effective as it usually is.
As most parents will probably tell you (unless they have been one of the very lucky ones!), teething is not a nice time for your little one - or you as the parent. In fact, before I became a parent myself, I didn't realise just how hard a time it is or how long it lasts for. My son has been teething on and off now for about 5 months (and we're nowhere near done yet!) and I have resorted to various remedies and medications. One of the ones that I have given my son the most is this Nurofen solution. It costs around £3.50 for a bottle of 100ml.
Nurofen is an Ibuprofen solution and can be used to treat various ailments - fever, teething pain and any pain from general bumps and scrapes! The Nurofen for children comes in both orange and strawberry flavours, although we have just used the strawberry flavour. The solution is suitable from age 3 months to 12 years.
This is a liquid solution that comes in a brown thick glass bottle with a childproof screw cap - which can be stiff and frustrating at times! Within the box, you get an application syringe/dropper. This is made of clear plastic with the measurements marked on and an orange plastic 'plunger'. The top of the bottle has a plastic fitting so the dropper can be fastened in and the bottle turned upside down to fill the dropper to the required amount. This is a really good feature as other liquid medicines can be messy to pour onto a spoon and give to your baby and allows you to make sure that you administer the correct dose to your child. The liquid itself is cloudy in appearance but colourless - it is both colour and sugar free.
The dosage instructions are on the side of the box - we give our son 2.5ml per dose, usually before bed time if he is teething. It is said to get to work in 15 minutes and provide pain relief for 8 hours - so should help baby (and you!) get a good nights sleep. As with all medicines, it states not to continue treatment for long periods and to see a doctor if the symptoms persist but, with teething, the symptoms van persist for days and weeks, so we just try to be careful that we just give this treatment if really necessary. Our son takes the medicine well, and seems to like the strawberry taste. The dropper provided is really easy to use and makes sure that he gets all the medicine intended without any spillages. In our experience, it does act quickly and calms our son down - there are also noticeable signs that it is working, for example the reduction in his temperature and the disappearance of flushed cheeks. It definitely seems to help him with his pain and that give me, as a parent, relief too as I have the knowledge that I am doing what I can to help ease his discomfort. I'm not sure that this lasts for the 8 hours stated as, when teething, we very rarely get more than 4 to 5 hours sleep at a time from our son, who is usually a very good sleeper. However, this is much more than we have had when he has not taken the medicine so it must help somewhat!
Overall, I would say that this is a good medicine to have in the house if you have a young baby. It acts quickly to ease their pain and discomfort and helps you, as a parent, get through what can be a very tough time with your baby.
My daughter had a recent trip into hospital recently due to a chest infection and upon arrival she was given infant ibuprofen to help with the pain and due to her high temperature. When asked by the nurse whether we had any infant nurofen at home I immediately responded with a yes. I've had a bottle of Nurofen for Children on standby as we all known children especially teething babies need a little pain relief and Nurofen for Children has always been in my medicine cabinet.
Nurofen for Children is an ibuprofen suspension which has been specifically formulated for both babies and children from the age of 3 months upwards. The idea of Nurofen for Children is to work quickly to cool a high temperature and help take away the discomfort from teething, sore throats, headaches and general aches and strains. Nurofen claim that it starts to take effect within 15 minutes and can last for up to 8 hours.
Each bottle of Nurofen comes in a slim cardboard box and dependant upon whether you buy the orange or strawberry variety the packaging will either be orange or pink but you still get the Nurofen logo together with an image of children on the front. Around the sides and back of the box there is plenty of information on when to use it, how to take it, dosage instructions as well as contact information. However, there is a more detailed leaflet inside the box. The bottle itself is plastic and is a very dark brown colour with a safety top.
Nurofen for Children is a suspension and it comes complete with an orange suringe which helps ensure you get the correct amount which is vital when giving to a baby let alone an older child. At the top of the bottle there is a plastic insert where you simply just put the end of the suringe until you hear it click into place, tip the bottle up (so you don't get any air into the suringe) and then just measure the amount you require. You then just pull the suringe out of the top of the bottle and your ready to go and best of all the suringe won't leak or drip.
I have always bought my daughter strawberry flavoured Nurofen (or Calpol) as I myself hate orange flavoured products. The liquid itself is quite a gloopy consistency, although not thick it isn't thin either but it is the perfect consistency which makes it easy to administer as it doesn't just pour straight out of the sides of your child's mouth! I was expecting a pink coloured liquid but it is actually a milky white colour and does have a whiff of synthetic strawberries which is actually quite sweet.
The dosage instructions are:-
3 - 6 months - one 2.5ml 3 times a day
6 - 12 months - one 2.5ml 3 or 4 times a day
1 - 4 years - one 5ml 3 times a day
4 - 7 years - one 7.5ml 3 times a day
Over 7 years - one 10ml 3 times a day
The above doses are within a 24 hour period. But Nurofen do advise that one does will provide relief for up to 8 hours which if given before bed will hopefully try to ensure that they get a good night sleep.
Normally when my daughter has had this she generally has one dose a day just to take the edge of her teething and it tends to last for quite a while. However, since her hospital trip she is now having a dose every four hours for the next few days until things settle down. Fortunately my daughter enjoys taking Nurofen for Children and will happily let me put the suringe into her mouth and let me administer it without a fuss.
I tend to notice a slight change in my daughter after about 10 minutes or so as she seems a lot more peaceful once she has taken it and for a good few hours although she has incredibly exhausted with her chest infection she seems a bit more relaxed and her temperature remains at a decent level which is absolutely vital. So far this has certainly come in useful and seems to be doing the trick in relieving some of my daughter's discomfort.
Overall, I can't recommend this highly enough for helping relieve the aches and pains associated with colds as well as helping to reduce a temperature. Definitely an item that is a must for all parents!
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Variety: Strawberry or Orange
Price: From £3.50 upwards
Availability: All pharmacies and supermarkets
Relieves fever, pain, soar throat and teething. Suitable from 3 months.