My four year old has a nasty bug at the moment, it keeps coming and going but the main irritation for him is the blocked up nose he's had for the past few weeks. I'm allergic to Vicks so can't apply it to his chest, we're using Olbas Oil but it's not really doing much other than make him cough more - the pharmacist in our local chemist recommended these saline drops made by Calpol.
They're suitable from birth to five years, I remember using unbranded drops when the kids were babies but haven't bought them since - and to be honest I won't buy them again as they're pretty useless!
The drops are sold as being a safe and natural product, I'm not disputing that but they're not effective in the slightest for older kiddies like David - I know from experience they can soothe the blocked nose of a newborn but he needs more as the discomfort of having drops shoved up your nose isn't worth the 'benefit' of slightly less snot for five minutes.
The drops come in a small glass bottle with pipette top, annoyingly even this is irritating as the bulb doesn't draw more than a few drops of saline into the pipette and even that feels like hard work - I think David's dose needs to be more than that so the pipette creates the added problem of having to guess on a second dose. Bit of a nightmare really.
The cost of this ineffective and awkward saline solution is £4, which is ridiculous considering you can buy generic unbranded saline nasal drops for a quarter of the price!
Recently me and my Son had a nasty cold that just wouldn't go, whereas I was left with a persistent cough Jayden was left with a completely blocked up nose. He particularly suffered when he ate and also when we put him in his cot at night, we tried Olbas Oil in his room which helped a little but we wanted something to help clear is nose, after speaking with my doctor they recommended I try a saline nasal spray so I purchased Calpol Sooth and Care Saline Nasal Spray to see if it would help him.
Calpol Sooth and Care Saline Nasal Spray is basically what the name suggests, a saline spray which helps to unblock the nose and give relief from congestion. It can help to relieve congestion caused by Cold, Flu, Sinus and Allergies and is described as a natural relief.
This product is suitable to use from birth so you do not have to worry about using this on very young babies. The product comes in a plastic bottle designed to make using the product easy, the plastic bottle has a long nozzle on the end of it with the end of the nozzle being thinner making application to even very small babies simple, there is also a ridge going around the nozzle where you place your fingers in order to press it down and release the saline spray.
As I have mentioned this product can be used from birth, however the doses are different depending on your child's age, children up to the age of 2 can have one spray up each nostril as and when required. Children over the age of 2 and adults can have 1 or 2 sprays up each nostril, again this can be used as and when needed. I personally liked the fact that the saline spray could be used as often as needed as it meant I didn't have to worry about using too much of this product on Jayden and also I didn't have to worry about waiting a certain amount of time between uses, I could just give it to him when I felt he needed it.
When it came to using the spray all you need to do is position the end of the nozzle just inside each nostril and push the nozzle and butte together releasing the saline solution inside up the nose in a fine mist, this all sounds simple in theory.
Calpol Sooth and Care Saline Nasal Spray is available in shops such as Boots, Superdrug and Tesco, the 15ml bottle is sold for £2.99, although this does vary slightly depending on where you purchase it from, I bought mine from our local Superdrug. Each bottle contains 100 sprays so it is long lasting despite being such a small bottle.
When I purchased this product I bought it for my 18 month old Son Jayden, I didn't actually use it on myself, although adults can use this product. After reading the instructions it seemed like a quick and simple product to use, I decided to sit Jayden on his Dads lap whilst I did that so that he could be leaning back slightly, as soon as I put the bottle near his nose his hands were up and pushing me away, after several aborted attempts the end result was me and my Husband having to hold Jayden down whilst we sprayed the solution, all whilst he was screaming, trying to fight us off and going very red.
As soon as Jayden sat up (very angry) the solution seemed to run out of his nose, there was no way we were going to get him to stay laying down for a few minutes after using it so I was hoping that some of it got absorbed.
A few minutes after using the product it didn't seem to have made a lot of difference to Jayden's blocked nose, I was hoping that after using it a few times it would help to clear it, unfortunately after a few more sessions of holding Jayden down to spray the solution up his nose there was no improvement, he was still extremely blocked up and he would just get really upset when we used it on him, it just wasn't worth distressing him over it when it wasn't actually having any effect.
We gave up using this on him in the end, for us it really wasn't worth the money, although it wasn't overly expensive to buy the fact that it didn't work meant it was a bit of a waste of money.
I think maybe if he had been older and we could have explained that he needed to lay back for a couple of minutes after use to help it work it may have been more effective. Going on the experience I had of using this product I wouldn't recommend it, but on older children it may be more successful.
Calpol soothe and care saline nasal spray
Lately my little one has been feeling a tad under the weather, it looked like she had some form of chest infection that needed to be treated with antibiotics. But I also wanted to find something to help immediately relieve some of her symptoms, as she was blocked up and very sniffly. When I started browsing the baby medicine section of the local chemist the Calpol soothe and care saline nasal spray stood out, especially since Calpol seems to be one of the most trusted (if not just the largest) brand of baby over the counter medicine.
The Calpol soothe and care saline nasal spray is very much like an adult nasal spray - as in you use it exactly the same, point at the desired nostril, press and spray. Before using it I did try it out on my husband and he seemed to be more bothered by it than my baby. I can't say that the nasal spray is a favourite of my daughters, but it hasn't caused her any visible discomfort and it has definitely help unblock her nose.
The Calpol soothe and care saline nasal spray is suitable from use from birth onwards and I have certainly had no problem on using it with my 5 month plus little girl. In fact it worked really quite well and managed to give her a little short term relief and certainly in my experience the nasal spray did help to make my baby look more comfortable.
I bought the Calpol soothe and care saline nasal spray from my local Boots (you've got to love those points), but I have since seen it everywhere they tend to sell any Calpol products. The nasal spray typically retails for around £3 and will last for a hundred sprays or so.
I would happily recommend the nasal spray and I do plan on purchasing it again in the future as each bottle when opened is only suitable for use for 6 weeks. I think the Calpol soothe and care saline nasal spray will probably become a regular feature in my big box of baby care products.
Five out of five stars.
Please note - If you do fancy trying the Calpol soothe and care saline nasal spray please read the box and instructions for much more additional information than I have included in this short review.
Calpol Soothe & Care Saline Nasal Spray helps wash away the mucus that can cause your little one's blocked nose helping them breathe more easily.