I had been using Calpol for Jack since he was a baby but last year when I took him to see my doctor, she suggested trying out this Medised as it had helped both her and her children get a far better night sleep when they were poorly.
Of course getting this advice from another mother as well as a doctor made me think I should try it out so without delay I went along to the chemist next door and purchased the largest bottle they had. The price was £3.95 pence for 200 ml but I have since seen bigger bottles which does work out slightly better value for money if you opt for these.
The main selling point of Medised over Calpol is that Medised contains two active ingredients which are paracetamol and diphenhydramine. The latter of the ingredients is a drug which is commonly used as an antihistamine for the fight against allergies but it is also used as a hypnotic which means that it should give the child a more sleep feeling that just using paracetamol alone.
Now of course this doesn't sound overly great but when your child is ill and grouchy from lack of sleep and you are flagging too then after a more restful nights sleep everyone should hopefully feel a little brighter in the morning which was what the doctor has told me and why I ended up buying the bottle.
After Jack having used it a few times throughout last year and it working a treat there was somewhat of a scare as the age range jumped from 3 months plus to 6 years plus which is what it stands at now. I do believe this is because a young baby had taken too much of the Medised and had had some nasty side effects. I can't really say any more as I don't know the full story but again this makes you think a little more about what you give to your child.
As Jack has already been taking the medicine the doctors say that he should be fine to continue taking it if need be. However would always opt for Calpol over this medicine in the first instance just because this seems far more extreme.
The taste of the Medised is rather nice and although it is a clear thinner liquid compared to Calpol, it still has a nice strawberry taste that remind me of when I was a child. How I wish they still issue that banana tasting antibiotics to adults, how delicious was that!
All in all I would say that Medised is a good product and most certainly does work. I don't think I ever gave jack the full 2 spoonfuls and would always start him off on the 1 and see how it progressed but I found that that was usually enough.
I would recommend this product although I should state that it is a more extreme medicine than just Calpol and of course now it is not recommended for anyone under the age of 6 this needs to be taken in to account.
I think a score of 4 out of 5 stars is good as the product is okay but perhaps a little scary!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I can only assume that Medised is name brand that is found outside of the U.S. I got to this site by looking for infant cold relief for my sick baby. I was very excited to maybe find a product that I didn't know about already. After some looking, thanks for listing the ingredients in the "Relief" opinion, I found that Paracetamol is Acetaminophen and Diphendydramine is Benedryl. Yes, I have known a bad mom who used Benedryl to keep her new infant asleep all the time so she could have more "me" time so that works. I do agree that all I want to do is sleep away a cold - on the bad days. And what demands do a little baby have that he should be awake anyway? I have never used Benedryl on the baby so I don't know if it works on him. Dimetapp seems to make him groggy. But my doctor told me that the nights are for sleeping and the days are for drainage. You want them to cough and sneeze to get rid of the congestion and to get good sleep at night. So, if I were to use the Benedryl/Acetaminophen option I would 1st use it around the clock on the two days that the cold is horrible and thereafter only at night if sleep was still an issue. Thanks for the heads-up.
I recently went to the doctor before a big trip to australia to ask for a sedative for my baby girl as she had a cold and I didnt want her to be uncomfortable on the trip over. The doctor told me how the most common product phenergan had reacted bad in her child leaving her hypo-active and wouldnt you know it, it had the same effect on my daughter. I tried it again a week later and it did nothing. The second product I tried was medised. I tested it a few days before travel and it was perfect. She slept so comfortably with no stress at all, it relieved her fever and made her less stuffy and also sedated her for the trip. Now I use it everytime she has a fever or cold or is teething and it gets her temperature right back down quickly. She likes the flavor as well.
I have recently been at my wits end with my baby. Every tooth that comes through seems to cause her so much worry and pain. Recently her third tooth was trying to make its appearance but poor little Emily was in agony. During the day I could comfort her but at night it was a different story. Night after night she would wake up screaming and screaming. I tried all the usual from nappy changes, an extra feed to just plain simple cuddles. Nothing was working, not even trusted Calpol. Sometimes the crying would last for five hours and after a week of this I was at my wits end. I took her to the doctor to see if there was anything stronger he could perscribe for her. He scratched his head and consulted his books and said..."umm...Medised should do the trick but I can't give you a prescription for it, you will have to buy it." Apprently the reason for this is that it contains a very mild seditive and the medical industry were very worried that if parents have a baby that had died of cot death when the baby had taken Mediced the night before, then the GP could be held responsible. (Yep...all down to the compensation culture). The first chemist we went in, didn't even sell it which did start alarm bells ringing but we knew that we had to do something to help Emily. The next chemist come up trumps and we handed over £3.50 for a 140ml size bottle. The medicine is sugar and colour free and it states that it has a blackcurrant flavour. All I can say is that it doesn't look to pleasant. It quite thick but it does make it easy to give to infants and Emily took it easily enough of a spoon but not as greedily as she does Calpol! For children aged 1-6 the dosage is two 5ml spoons which I gave to Emily just before she went to bed and all I can say is that she slept all night for well over twelve hours. I have used it again since and had the same result. I dont think this product is good to use on a regualar basis because it is o
bviously so strong, but its well worth having in the cabinet for those times where nothing else is helping. A word of warning...... This medicine contains paracetamol so musn't be taken with other paracetamol based medicines and is suitable for infants over the age of 1 (unless its from your doctors advice). As with painkillers you should not give more than four hourly and no more than four doses in any 24 hour period. On a lighter note though the warning on the bottle made me giggle..."May cause drowiness. If affected children are advised not to ride bicycles". Why a child would be out riding a bike when they are this poorly beats me!!
We’ve all seen them and shuddered, many of us are proud owners of them, but now is the time to get rid of them!!! I am of course talking about kids with a permanent ‘number 11’ on their top lip through the winter months!! I have recently found what I think is a wonder medicine for kids colds.......Medised Cold relief for Children, for ages 1 to 12 years. It is an opaaque white liquid containing paracetamol 120mg the same as Calpol, and promethazine hydrochloride 1.5mg in each 5ml spoonful. The dosage is the same as for calpol, being two 5ml spoons for 1-6 year olds, this dosage can be repeated four hourly if needed, but no more than 4 doses in 24 hours hours. I have found that leaving 6 hours between doses gives adequate relief. The medicine is a not unpleasant blackcurrant and vanilla flavour and is very viscous )helpful when trying to angle it into a resistive toddler!) My little ‘un recently had a nasty drippy cold, with the trademark ‘number 11’ and hightemperature. Within 20 minutes of taking Medised his temperature had fallen and hewasn’t complaining of sore ears or throat. Medised claims to assist with restful sleep, which indeed it did, and the ‘number 11’ is a thing of the past now! As with all medications care should be taken with the dosage, especially with paracetamolsuspensions. The bottle should be shaken vigorously to mix the paracetamol. If not shaken you will be giving your child an unbalanced dosage, under dosing initially then overdosing towards the end of the bottle. Medised can be bought over the counter in most pharmacies and costs £2.79 for a 140mlbottle.
I had always been a great reliever in Calpol but my GP recommended this as he used it with all his children. My daughter had an awful cold and cough and for the first night in ages she slept through without coughing. It didn't make her sick when she coughed either as had happened with Calpol. My GP seemed reluctant to prescribe it but it was so good I have no hesitation in buying it whenever needed. I would certainly recommend you trying it.
A nurse friend, who has 2 children, recommended me Medised when my eldest son was teething. That was enough for me to go and get some for him. Medised comes for infant and for toddler, sugar free or not. It is a cold relief sirop but is also great to ease the teething pains and to drop fever down. I used it for all the above reasons and have been calling it the Magic Potion ever since. It does the job, gets the pain away and makes the baby sleep. Though, Ican go a buy 10 bottles of Calpol in one go and nobody behind the counter will bat an eyelid, but each and every time I go and get some Medised I get the same comment which is: 'do you realise that this make the baby drowsy?' - 'well yes and...? Big deal, the kid is in pain? What else would he want to do but sleep? What does any adult want to do when they are not feeling well? Sleep? Well, that's probably the best thing they can do.' Medised is part Paracetamol and part Diphenhydramine which amonst other things makes the baby sleepy. And that is why you shouldn't let your infant operate heavy machinery once he had some Medised. Just read the instructions!
Medised is the one thing I always keep in my cupboard, its a lot better than calpol or disprol, it contains paracetamol , plus other ingredients including an antihistamine.The good thing about medised is it works in the same way as any other pain killer , but it also causes drowsyness so is ideal for children who feel poorly and cannot sleep! It dries a runny nose up too, and soothes sore throats etc! It is now available in under 1 year then the normal bottle.The only thing I can say on the down side is that the bottle isnt very big and for over 6 years the full dose is 4 5ml spoonfulls!!, so it doesnt really last very long. They should do a junior stronger version.But apart from that I cant fault it.
I first used medised when my son was about a year old and was feeling really rough with a cold,high temp etc.I had tried using calpol but it didn't really have the effect I wanted. After just 1 spoonful of this wonderful medicine and he was a differant child. The temp went down,hisnose unblocked a little and his cough wasn't as bad.It really did work wonders!!! I always make sure i have a bottle in the cabinet now.But be warned you can not use calpol too as medised contains paracetamol!!!!
Medised cold relief is excellent, it helps relieve pain, fever and colds. This is now a medicine cupboard essential in our house. i have never had calpol in the house since first using this product. All medised variants contain two active ingredients, one to relieve pain, fever and soothe a sore throat, and another to dry up runny noses and ease breathing, which helps with a restful sleep. I tried it for my little boy when he had a bad cold, which was stopping him from sleeping. It worked an absolute treat. i also discovered that it is very useful when your child has chickenpox. Mine had it just befoe he was one, and was told there was nothing I could do apart from apply calamine lotion. I wish I knew about this product then. Medised for age one year and over comes sugar free, and also normal and is a pleasant fruity flavour (yes I did try it!) And it is now available for age 3 months and up, sugar free and colour free, so it is ideal for you teething baby.