Although my children are older now, the youngest being almost 9, i always used this cough medicine to help get them through the night when they had a cough. I always had a bottle in the medicine box just in case and I have just administered some to my 9 year old as he went to bed because he has another cough.
As i said before, i have been using this cough medicine for a long time and i have found it is the best on the market at a reasonable price, it tastes sweet and of blackcurrent so children do not have a problem taking it, unless they hate blackcurrent.
The bottle is brown glass and has the standard safety cap so ifchildren do get hokd of it they are likely not to be able to open it, however, saying this my daughter could open safety caps at 18 months! so not 100% child proof. I do not store medicines under the sink, I recommend that parents actually store them in a high cupboard and still put a child lock on it to ensure maximum safety, it is after all better to be safe than sorry!
I have found that this cough mixture does work well, my children still cough at night a bit but the cough does not seem to wake them as it does without administering.
The medicine can be administered to children as young as 1 year old and up to 12 years old. My children are beginnign to get too old for this now and i am in the process of changing them over to Covonia as i feel this works better in general but should i have more children, i will certianly be making sure i have a bottle of this benylin avaliable when needed!
As a parent of young children, I know how distressing it can be to listen to your child coughing helplessly through sleep. I know how it feels to get up 3 and 4 times in the night when your little one has woken up from coughing. I know how awful it is to cuddle your baby close as they whimper with a sore chest brought on from coughing.
Like most parents, I keep a well stocked medicine cabinet for occasions like this. For the last two nights my son who turns three at the end of the month has had a deep, raspy and obviously painful cough. Over the years, we have tried most childrens night-time cold and cough medicines and have finally settled on Benylins Childrens night Time Cough Medicine.
***Who are Benylin***
***How does it work the science bit***
Benylin children's night coughs contains two main ingredients; diphenhydramine hydrochloride and levomenthol.
Diphenhydramine relieves coughs (as well as hay fever) by drying and thus reducing the production of Nasal mucus. Diphenhydramine also enters the brain which causes drowsiness, and this sedative aides with an undisturbed sleep while also helping to suppress the cough.
Levomenthol has cooling and decongestant properties that help soothe a cough and ease congestion.
***Is it child approved***
I am sure one of these days it will change, but for now I am blessed with a 3 year old who is not only laid back about taking medicine, but a child who loves it!
This particular medicine has a raspberry flavour which taste like (according to my son) ice cream syrup topping.
***Important Product Information***
Diphenhydramine hydrochloride 7mg, Levomenthol 0.55mg
Children aged 6 to 12 years 2 x 5ml spoonful every 6 hours
Children aged 1 to 5 years 1 x 5ml spoonful every 6 hours
Children under 1 not suitable
Do not use more than 4 doses within 24 hours
*Possible side effects*
Disturbances of the gut such as diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
Dry mouth, nose and throat
Difficulty in passing urine (urinary retention)
Awareness of you heartbeat (palpitations)
Allergic skin rashes
As is the case with most cough syrups or child medicines, this comes in a 125ml glass bottle with a secure childproof (and on several occasions mummy-proof lid. It comes in a multi-tone blue box with a sleeping bear in the bottom cornier and the recognisable Benylin logo in the top right-hand corner.
It comes with a plastic spoon with measurements and full medical instructions.
Benylin is a well known and popular choice and therefore is readily available from chemists like Boots, Semi-chem, Super-drug, Grocery stores like Asda, Sainsburys and Tescos and even well-stocked local corner shops.
£2.59 (approx) per 125ml bottle
I am resigned to the fact that there is no product available that will completely put a stop to your wee ones cough however; Benylins Childrens night cough comes pretty close. Throughout the night last night I counted only three small, less stressful sounding coughs apposed to two nights previously when he had spent the majority of the night coughing and hacking away uncontrollably.
His cough throughout the day has also subsided likely due the fact that he is getting some recovery time at night allowing his chest and throat to recuperate. It is also likely, that having had a good nights sleep, his immune system is feeling stronger and more able to combat the infection.
Children are unbelievably resilient and I am often blown away by their ability to recover and cope in instances that would bring many of us to a stand-still. However, no parent wants to listen to their child in pain and having a medicine handy that you can count on can easy the distress for both child and parent.
Benylin Children's Night Coughs 125ml. Relief from cough and associated congestive symptoms and for treatment of hayfever and other allergic conditions affecting the upper respiratory tract. Do not give to children under 6 years old.