Product Type: Calpol Coughs, Colds & Flus
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Helping cure those coughs
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Advantages: Easy to pour and flavour
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.
Summary: A cough syrup for babies from 3 months
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