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Nurofen for Children
Member Name: jo1976
Nurofen for Children
Date: 21/03/11, updated on 10/10/13 (97 review reads)
Advantages: Fast acting pain relief for children, easy to dispense syringe included
Disadvantages: Inconvenient to dispense using a spoon
With three young children in the household, my medicine cabinet is always well-stocked and included in my 'must have' kit is a bottle of Nurofen for Children. Whilst Calpol may be the brand leader in infant pain relief, Nurofen's version of an oral suspension for children is much more than just an alternative brand. The key difference is that Nurofen is based on ibuprofen, whereas Calpol is paracetamol-based. This means that Nurofen can actually be used in conjunction with other medicines containing paracetamol, as well as being an effective form of pain relief when used in its own right.
Nurofen for Children is available in liquid format in either strawberry or orange flavours. I tend to buy the strawberry flavour as that tastes pretty much like Calpol and I can always be confident that my older boys (aged three and eight) will take this willingly, without moaning about the taste. The range also includes ready-to-prepare sachets which may be handy for travelling emergencies. I've avoided buying these as they work out far more expensive than the original bottle format, which isn't particularly cheap itself.
The medicine is suitable for quite a wide age range, from three months up to nine years of age, and both the packaging and enclosed leaflet offer very clear guidance about usage, dosage and restrictions alongside advice about when to see a GP. I find Nurofen to be particularly effective at relieving high temperatures and tend to find that it works slightly faster than Calpol (although the effects aren't necessarily as long lasting.) It can also be used for the relief of any minor aches and pains, including teething, headaches, toothaches and sore throats so it is certainly a useful product to keep in stock.
As this is suitable for babies from as young as three months old, one advantage of this product over cheaper non-branded alternatives is that the medicine is designed to be dispensed using a syringe. I find this a much easier method of administering medicine to babies as it minimises the potential distress and the likelihood of baby refusing the spoon or spitting it straight back out. The neck of the bottle is fitted with a lining which ensures that the syringe fits inside perfectly without any mess or spillages. It is very easy to ensure that the syringe is loaded with the correct dosage and it 'shoots' out quickly with minimal fuss. The syringe itself comes included inside the box which is always useful - as things like that have a habit of going astray between uses.
The only disadvantage of this system comes if you have mislaid the syringe or if you don't want to use a syringe for any reason. (My eight year old objects to being given medicine like a baby!) The inner lining can't be removed and, as the liquid is pretty thick, it drips out very, very slowly making it slightly awkward and inconvenient to administer using a standard medicine spoon.
As with many medicinal products, you do usually pay a premium for the brand name itself. 100ml of Nurofen for Children costs around the £3 mark whereas an own brand alternative is usually cheaper. Currently though, a quick online price check has revealed that Nurofen is on promotion at certain retailers (including Boots and Sainsburys) making it cheaper than their own generic versions.
If the difference in price is negligable, I would certainly recommend going for the Nurofen version. This offers the reassurance of a quality brand name and a taste that I know my children will agree to take. It also has the advantage of an easy to use dispensing system which is much more convenient for very young children.
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