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Brand: Calpol / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu / Age: 13+ Years

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      08.09.2013 08:49
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      soothes and eases

      About two weeks ago myself and my daughter became full up with a cold, this also came with a tickly cough which made it almost impossible to get to sleep. My poor daughter spent hours coughing the the point of making herself sick. I have tried other medicines on her in the past but most seem to be blackcurrant which she refuses to take. I noticed this in Tesco it was £3.50 and is apple flavour which was the main reason I bought it.

      The box is bright yellow in colour and tells me that the cough medicine contains glycerol, I always buy medicines containing glycerol for my thickly cough as it stops the tickle and coats the throat also soothing any soreness. The box tells me the medicine is suitable for children aged 3 months and over and is sugar and colour free.

      The bottle inside the box is glass and contains 125ml of medicine. You also get a spoon inside.

      The doseage given on the bottle is one 5ml spoonful for children 3 months to 1 year and two 5ml spoonfuls for children aged 1-5 years. (For older children there is a different version available) you can give the dose 4 times in a 24 hour period. You are also advised to seek help in the event of an overdose and the usual precautions you get on a medicine bottle about checking with the pharmacist if you are intolerant to some sugars.

      The medicine is a clear liquid and very sticky so a word of caution there. I dipped my finger in it and it tastes lovely just like apple sweets. My daughter told me it is very nice and even asked for more!

      After giving her this her symptoms seemed to ease. It lessened her coughing allowing her to get some well needed rest. She also told me it stopped her throat hurting.

      I would buy this again, it is more expensive than others on the shelf but the flavour meant my daughter was willing to take it and it helped to ease her symptoms enough to get her to sleep which in turn aided her recovery.

      Thankfully a week on she is OK now and there is still 3/4 of a bottle left which has gone in the medicine cupboard. It can be stored in a cool dry place until the use by date on the bottle.

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        08.03.2012 21:40
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        Not as good as supermarket brands

        Just before Christmas both my children got a cold and along with it came a cough, after a week or so of constant coughing I decided to try and find some medicine to try and soothe it for them. I only actually bought this medicine as it was on offer for £2 a bottle as it is usually £3.50 which I think is a ridiculous price compared to others available. Calcough comes in an apple flavoured tickly variety or a blackcurrant flavoured chesty cough variety.

        The medicine comes in a brown glass bottle which is packaged in a cardboard box, the bottle has a white childproof lid on it. On the bottle there is a white label giving plenty of information, it states that this medicine is to "relieve children's dry, tickly coughs and sore throats" and that the medincine is none drowsy. The doseage information is as follows,

        1-5 years old = 1 x 5ml spoonful
        5 years and over = 2 x 5ml spoonfuls
        Not to be used for children under 1
        The dose can be given 3 to 4 times in 24 hours

        On opening the bottle the scent tells you it is most definately apple flavoured, it smells sweet and pretty sickly to me although my eldest tells me it tastes nice and my youngest doesn't seem to have a problem taking it. The medicine comes complete with a medicine spoon but I find it easier to use a syringe and so use this to draw up the correct doseage. The medicine is pretty sticky and the bottle gets a little sticky too but it is easily cleaned up with a damp cloth.

        In all honesty I don't think this medicine is much good, it seemedd to help with my childrens cough for about half an hour and that was it, it seems to be a bit of a waste of time to me if it only provides this level of relief and I have found the supermarkets brands are much better. I won't be paying for this again.

        Please note we were advised by the pharmacist not to give a child cough medicine without first having them checked by a doctor as if they have in fact got a chest infection some medicines can aggravate it.

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          22.04.2011 15:21
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          A cough syrup for babies from 3 months

          My daughter at the grand age of 6 months (1 week off!) has just had her first cold though the only give away is the cough and runny nose other than that she has been her usual happy, smiley self. Even though she seemed her usual self the cough was something I could see was clearly irritating her and would no doubt give her a sore throat in the process so I decided to go out and find a cough medicine suitable for her age and symptoms.

          My usual stop for everything is Boots and although my nearest Boots is on the small side they do have a good range of health products for babies and children. I came away with Calpol's Calcough Infant Syrup as it was recommended to me by the pharmacist as basically there is nothing else you can give a baby. Calcough is a syrup which helps sooth dry and tickly coughs and is non-drowsy. It contains glycerine which helps sooth the throat.

          Calcough comes in a bright yellow slim box which features the purple logo of Calpol and an image of a baby sitting up. There is as you would expect a little blurb of the product on the front and on the back of the box and sides there is an ingredients list together with dosage instructions. Within the box there is also a small leaflet about the product together with a white plastic measuring spoon giving you the usual 5ml or 10ml option.

          Calcough is apple in flavour which is the only flavour it comes in. It comes in a standard dark coloured glass bottle which has a label around the front detailing the product and a safety top which you have to press down as you are opening the top. On opening the child resistant screw on top you get an instant whiff of apple but not the fresh apples you get in a fruit bowl but more of a sweet, synthetic apple aroma which no doubt appeals to children.

          Calcough is quite thick in consistency which is ideal for pouring out onto a spoon and trying in vain to get your baby to take it off the spoon! But once you have started to tip the bottle it can come out rather quickly if you are not careful and you can end up with a little too much. The colour of Calcough is more of a transparent cream colour and there was me expecting it to be a green hue!

          Before using it is vital that you check the dosage for your childs age and weight if applicable. Calcough has been formulated for children over the age of 3 months and this should be adhered to but if in doubt speak to your doctor. The dosage instructions are clearly laid out on the box. The dosage recommendations are:-

          3 months to 12 months - 1 5ml spoonful 3 to 4 times a day
          1 year to 5 years - 2 5ml spoonful 3 to 4 times a day

          I gave Calcough to my daughter over a few days and generally only gave it to her twice a day generally in the morning and mid afternoon as it seemed that this was when she coughed more. I ended up giving the cough mixture on her normal spoons as I found the measuring spoon was awkward for her to take and I used the same spoon as I had used say for her yoghurt or porridge as she could still taste her food which made taking the Calcough slightly easier although she did screw up her face a little but didn't spit any of it out which is obviously a good thing!

          After a few days her cough had pretty much disappeared and she is back to eating a lot better than she was with no coughs in between and she seems a lot more comfortable. I can't say that Calcough was the one product which cured her cough as it is only natural that the cough will disappear but I'm hoping that it helped and soothed her throat as her cough was quite dry and she seemed a bit more comfortable after taking the medicine.

          I would definitely recommend Calcough as I'd like to think it provided a little comfort to my daughter but like with most cough mixtures I guess it can be a bit hit or miss as to whether it works but the apple aroma I think entices the baby or child as it is sweet so that also helps and it is a smooth liquid making it easy to swallow. It is also sugar free which is definitely another plus. Just because of my scepticism I will award Calcough 4 stars.

          Calcough Infant Syrup is widely available and I purchased my bottle (125ml) for £3.56 from Boots.

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            29.03.2011 18:25
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            An ok product.

            My daughter has suffered with her chest since she was a baby, having to endure a night cough on and off since that time.

            She has had a multitude of inhalers and humidifiers in her room, but have now come to the conclusion that it is something she will eventually grow out of.

            One thing that I did get for her was a bottle of cough syrup to try and ease her throat, as even though she didn't initially have a sore throat, the constant coughing soon made her throat feel quite raw.

            After a few doses it soon became apparent that this was making no difference to her throat at all, so decided that I would find a better branded one that would (hopefully!) work better.

            After a quick perusal of the medicine aisle in my local Asda I found that there was a make of cough syrup I hadn't tried before, and due to it being from the makers of Calpol (which is a family favourite, though only the strawberry one!) I thought this may well be the one!

            This particular one is classed as a "children's soothing syrup", containing glycerine and liquid sugar, and is suitable for children to use from 1 year +.

            It is recommended that children 1 - 5 take one 5ml spoonful, over 5 years old 2 5ml spoons, and this dosing can be given 2-3 times in a 24 hour period.

            This is not suitable for children under 1 year old, though I assume there are medicines available for the under 1's, (it's been a few years since I have had to look, so I now can't remember!).

            As my daughter is 9 she demanded that she get the full 2 spoons, though this was initially because she saw "Calpol" and thought it would be strawberry flavoured, which unfortunately for her it isn't!

            The scent and flavour is a very strong blackcurrant, very similar to how "soothers" taste and smell, to me is absolutely delicious, though to my daughter not that pleasant!

            After managing to swallow down the two spoons she begged for, she did say her throat felt better, less raw, though soon after lying down in bed she started coughing again, so this really didn't help in the way I was hoping, though did her some relief from her raw throat.

            Price wise this was purchased on offer for £1.50 a bottle, and has lasted us quite some time so far (now I have to touch wood as both of my kids will come down colds now I have said that!), and thankfully my son didn't mind taking this stuff at all, so at least it won't go to waste!

            In fairness this stuff is no worse, but not really any better than the own shop brands I had been using before, so I have probably paid a little extra for the name only, this does offer some relief from a sore and raw throat, though my daughters is just from coughing, so if the child has a sore throat through infection I don't know how much this medicine would help, so for this reason I can only award it three stars.

            Thanks for reading x

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              23.03.2011 10:04
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              The Chesty variety is not a hit in our house

              As a parent, I've got a lot of faith in the Calpol brand name so I was very interested when I discovered that a cough medicine had been introduced under the Calpol brand. This Calcough comes in two different formulations for either Tickly or Chesty coughs, with the chesty version suitable for children aged six years and over whereas the tickly variety is safe to use from three months of age.

              When the range was originally introduced, the two varieties were marked according to their usage (so either Chesty or Tickly.) I've recently noticed that the packaging and products have been totally rebranded and are now differentiated according to their suitability. There is now a choice of the 'Infant Syrup', which is glycerol based, or the 'Six Plus' containing Guaifenesin. As far as I'm aware the formulation of the medicine itself remains the same but the new names are much more helpful to me as a parent. I can now tell at a glance which medicine is suitable for my children's ages without having to scrutinise the information on the box or risk the wrath of the pharmacist. (I once had a rather over vigilant pharmacist berating me for trying to purchase the chesty version for my then two year old son!)

              I currently have a bottle of the original Chesty variety left in the medicine cupboard mainly because only my older son is able to use this and he tends to suffer from fewer coughs and colds than his younger brother. The other reason why this medicine has outlasted the other is because my eight year old strongly dislikes the taste and usually refuses to taste it. Unlike the fairly pleasant sweet pink syrup that I associate with the traditional Calpol, their cough medicine is a thick clear liquid with a surprisingly bitter taste - nothing at all like 'real' Calpol. Although there are attempts to disguise the bitterness with the inclusion of sorbitol as an artificial sweetener, the taste is still rather unpleasant and leaves a really strong bitter aftertaste for a long time afterwards. I can tell that my son must be feeling really poorly if he actually agrees to take this medicine!

              Assuming I can convince him to take this, if needed, it is difficult to accurately pinpoint any immediate or longer term benefits. I think the initial soothing aspect of swallowing a medicine are lost slightly due to the taste and all of the fuss about that! It doesn't appear to be a particularly fast-acting medicine and is certainly not a miracle cure for a chesty cough. The packaging claims that this soothes and relieves chesty coughs but, in all honesty, I think any relief is pretty negligable and I only go through the motions of offering this medicine as a way of 'doing something' for a poorly child.

              Both varieties of Calcough can be purchased from chemists for around £3.50 for 125ml. Personally, I find most brands of cough medicine for children to be fairly ineffective and this one, despite boasting the reassurance of the Calpol brand is also pretty disappointing with its benefits not really outweighing the trauma of getting kids to swallow it!

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                31.10.2010 10:25
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                A great cough product for young children

                Since Harry started school at the beginning of September, he's picked up a fair few coughs and colds, which I am sure is just the beginning of it all given winter is on its way! He has mainly had trouble with quite a tickly cough, mainly at night so I headed down to the local pharmacy to see what I could get to help him a little bit. I was sure there was nothing going on that needed a doctor's assistance so I thought this would be the best solution. This product immediately caught my eye because of its bright yellow packaging, the price was very reasonable for a branded cough medicine, so I decided to buy it!

                This is produced by the Calpol people, famous for the purple box of children's paracetamol medicine used by parents up and down the country. This particular product is called CalCough, so is a hybrid of the brand name and what the product treats. I think it's quite catchy myself! As I mentioned before, the packaging is very eye catching with its bright yellow box, large logo, and plenty of information about how to use the product. The only flavour available in this medicine is apple, but I think this is a flavour most children are going to like, and certainly tastes better than the awful adult cough medicines we have to endure!

                There have been lots of new laws brought in recently about the use of certain medications for children under 6, and so this is a medicine aimed at those over 3 months old. It is basically a glycerol solution which isn't medicated, it just coats the throat and chest, thereby eliminating the need to constantly cough, and removes the 'tickly' aspect of the cough. Being 4 years old, Harry is allowed to take 10ml of this medicine up to 4 times a day, but we tend to only use it in the morning if he's coughing a lot before school, and in the evening before bed which I find really helps him to get to sleep quicker because he isn't coughing.

                I have no problems making Harry take this medicine at all. He quite happily opens his mouth for it, and swallows it without a quibble which is great! It's a clear liquid so if you spill a bit down their top, it isn't the end of the world. I find 10-15 minutes after taking the cough medicine, Harry is definitely coughing a lot less than normal, and this is certainly the case in the evenings, when usually he'd be coughing like mad, it definitely subsides after taking this medicine. I can imagine it would be very soothing for a young baby too,

                If you have a 3 month old to a 6 year old with a tickly cough, then I would definitely recommend getting a bottle of this. I actually make sure I keep a bottle in the cupboard because you never know when they are going to come home with a cough and this certainly does help to ease the symptoms, especially the tickle. Obviously it isn't going to help with any pain associated with the cough, but you can use this alongside traditional Calpol without a worry, so keep a bottle of each in... I don't know many homes with children without a bottle of Calpol in anyway! This one gets a full 5 stars on effectiveness from me and 5 stars on taste from Harry!

                This medicine cost me around £3.49 in Boots (plus advantage card points!) for 125ml which I think is very reasonable for a branded cough product, and it actually cost the same as the Benilyn equivalent. Both are actually exactly the same and taste exactly the same so you could either! It's widely available in chemists and supermarkets.

                Notes:
                * Colour and sugar free
                * Each 5ml contains Glycerol 0.75ml
                * Non drowsy

                Thank you for reading.

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                  04.11.2009 17:39
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                  Good for young babies who have a nasty cough

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                  ****I'd just like to make it clear that this review is for Calcough 'TICKLY' not Calcough 'CHESTY'. The 'Tickly' version can be given to children aged 3 months and above, but the 'Chesty' version cannot be given to children under the age of 6 years, due to changes in guidelines. Jo1976 has mentioned this in the comments section so I thought I would add this in the review just so no-one gets confused****

                  When my youngest was about 5 months old my toddler picked up a nasty cough from somewhere, and then obviously passed it onto the baby. It was one of those horrible coughs that don't produce anything when you cough and it was horrible to see my 5 month old struggling with coughing and getting really upset because her throat was dry and sore through coughing. I would class it as a 'tickly cough' but it seemed more than that and she also seemed to be constantly trying to clear her throat. It was also stopping her from sleeping for more than a few minutes at a time, so I really wanted something to help soothe it for her.

                  I'm not one for giving a lot of medicines to babies, I've always tried to help them through illnesses with tender love and care rather than shoving all sorts down their throats, but this was breaking my heart and I needed something for her. So rather than going to the Doctors which would have meant waiting for an appointment, I went down to my local Boots and asked their advice.

                  Because she was only 5 months old at the time, the first thing they could recommend to me was Calcough which is available on the shelves, it's not a 'behind the counter' medicine. The kind lady said it was just like a syrupy type medicine which would help soothe her throat and perhaps take away some of the symptoms as it soothes. They said to try it for a few days and if the cough didn't get any better then they could offer me something a bit stronger.

                  So off I went, I couldn't wait to get home to pour some of this down her neck to hopefully make her feel better, reduce the cough, and maybe we could all get some sleep!

                  When we got home I checked the dosage, and for babies 3 months to 1 year it's one 5 ml spoonful (the standard dosing spoon is provided in the box), and you can give this 3 or 4 times in a 24 hour period. So I got the medicine ready, and as my baby was only 5 months old at the time, she wasn't weaned and so wasn't used to taking things from a spoon, but when she got a taste of the apple flavour she soon lapped it up. I had a quick taste myself and it just tastes very sickly sweet with a mild hint of apple, I thought it was quite nice actually...

                  It did seem to give her a little relief and she was able to go to sleep without waking up coughing within 5 minutes. But it did seem that the powers wore off quite quickly and because you can only give it 3 or 4 times within a 24 hour period, you are maybe left with an hour or so in between doses where your child might need the next dose. But having said that, we all know cough medicines are not a miracle cure and are just there to soothe the symptoms until the cough gets better, so I was quite pleased with its performance and would use it again if either of my children should develop such a cough again.

                  Thankfully my daughter's cough did get better after a couple of days and I found I only had to use this perhaps 3 or 4 times within a 48 hour period (I just tended to use it before she was due to have a nap so that the coughing would be eased as she slept).

                  Obviously I know this medicine didn't cure my daughter's cough but it did go a long way to make life easier for us all as she recovered. I would recommend this to anyone with young children who are suffering from tickly coughs because it does help soothe them and makes sleepy time a bit easier.

                  CalCough is made by the same people as CalPol (it has the telltale purple & pink oval on the front), but the box is bright yellow. It's designed for tickly coughs and you can give it to children aged from 3 months up to 5 years. It contains Glycerol and is non-drowsy; it's also colour and sugar free and has an apple flavour, all good points especially for young babies.

                  The box I bought is 125ml and cost me in the region of £3.00 (I can't remember exactly because it was 7months ago!)

                  Ingredients:
                  Glycerol, purified water, maltitol liquid, citric acid, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate. Apple flavouring.

                  The box says it's suitable for most people but some may have an intolerance to certain ingredients. If your child is intolerant to sugars you should contact your doctor before using.

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