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As an adult when pain hits, the first port of call when it won't shift on its own (for me anyway) is usually paracetomol. So it's not surprising that Calpol is the first medication that we tend to use when babies and children are in pain or ill since it's a paracetomol based suspension.
Amazingly we have got to over 7 months and are still on our first bottle of Calpol. However, I recently bought another couple in - it was £2.50 for a 100ml bottle in our Savers shop (it was £2.99 in Boots). Sometimes it's on speical offer in Aldi baby events for £2.
We had the bottle in as many people need to use it after their baby has had their first lot of jabs and has a high temperature as a result (it is suitable from 2 months) Luckily Cameron was absolutely fine and we didn't need to crack open the bottle then. In fact it wasn't until he was 6 months and suffering with a cold, cough and a bit of a temperature that we did open it. The dose for a 3-6 month old is 2.5ml, and for a 6-24 month old is 5ml (this can be used up to 6 years where the dose is 10ml). As he hadn't had it before I just gave 2.5ml the first few times. Included in the box is a very useful Easy dose syringe, and it is really easy to get the right amount and then put it in baby's mouth. Word of caution though, when giving 5ml you will probably need to do it gradually rather than in one go!
This is the sugar free version, but to me it smells and tastes (have only tried on my finger) the same as it did when I was a child. It is strawberry flavour, and Cameron seems to like it - I am not a fan, but then I wasn't as a child either.
Calpol does work, it certainly reduces high temperatures, and helps with mild pains. For worse pain then you will probably need to use baby nurofen as well (but thankfully we haven't had to yet) and all sorts of other things when teething happens.
Obviously there are instructions in the box with further information which you should read before giving this to your baby or child. Incidentally it does say not to use for more than 3 days in a row without speaking to a doctor or pharmacist, but my doctor said it was fine to do it for longer as often babies pick up one thing after another.
5 out of 5 stars from us.
Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension Paracetamol Liquid is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate pain (including teething pain) and as an antipyretic (including post immunisation fever).