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COMPLETELY REWRITTEN - A Parent's Best Friend
Member Name: karenuk
Date: 23/12/00, updated on 03/12/02 (1172 review reads)
Advantages: effective, especially for younger kids, convenient and clean to carry around, cheap
Disadvantages: takes a while for the tablets to dissolve, only 16 tablets per box
Well, you can tell it’s December, I’ve got two kids off school ill. My twelve-year-old has laryngitis; my six-year-old has fluid in her ears, a high temperature and swollen tonsils. Of course, these are all notorious viruses – meaning nope, they won’t get prescribed antibiotics, they won’t work. (Is it just me or are GPs prescribing fewer antibiotics these days?)
The GP advised they drink lots of fluids (especially fruit juice for the vitamin C), eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, rest well and take paracetamol. They could be off school between three and five days – eek!
My eldest, being twelve, can take adult tablets now. She was recently prescribed co-codamol. So once they’re twelve, the range of medication they can take expands. But what about little ones?
Well, from about three months old, I used to give my poorly kids Calpol – you know, that ultra-sticky bright pink liquid stuff. When my eldest was a baby, I really didn’t know what else to use and although Calpol usually did the trick, it often ended up being knocked over, spat out or spilled everywhere – not nice!
After a few years, Calpol seemed to become less effective so I used Calpol Six Plus for a while. Then one day, I decided to try something else. I had seen little boxes of Disprol (formerly known as Junior Disprol), so thought I’d try them. I have remained loyal to the brand ever since.
Like Calpol, Disprol can be taken from the age of three months. Unlike Calpol, it is not sticky, messy or liable to be spat out. Each box contains sixteen small round white tablets, which are soluble. You just add the right amount to a glass of water or juice and wait for it to finish fizzing.
With younger ones, you can put this in a trainer cup, of course. Even the sickest children will generally take a drink, so they make much less fuss than if they’re being forced to slurp a spoonful
of the sticky pink stuff!
Disprol is paracetamol based, so do be careful not to give your child anything else containing it. It can be so easy to give them a Lemsip type sachet for a cold, then a couple of Disprol for their temperature and that means they have had double the safe dose of paracetamol!
These tablets contain 120mg of paracetamol plus other ingredients, including lime flavour. I haven’t actually tasted them to let you know about the flavour, but the kids don’t seem to think they taste of anything if you add them to their favourite flavour of squash.
Disprol is used for bringing down a high temperature (If you haven’t got a thermometer, check the back of their neck or tummy with the back of your hand.), plus general aches and pains, toothache, headache, sore throat, colds and flu symptoms. It can also used after babies have been given their routine immunisations.
As usual with paracetamol, the dose should be given with at least four hours between each one and no more than four doses per twenty-four hours. The recommended dosages are half to one tablet for babies aged between three months and a year, 1-2 tablets for children aged between one and six years old, then 2-4 tablets for kids aged 6-12 years.
I find Disprol is especially effective for treating my six year old and as she is on the border of two doses, I can give her two tablets if she’s a bit hot or out of sorts, but up it to three if she seems particularly feverish or ill. Of course, if the symptoms persist, contact your GP. I took my kids to see the GP today.
As your child gets older, you may notice Disprol becomes less effective. I find it still works well on my nine-year-old, but not so well on my son, who will be eleven in February.
Priced at £1.39 for 16 tablets, it is also very reasonably priced. However, if you have an older child who needs a dosage of four tablets, a box this size will only last a da
y! I asked in the chemist today, but they only sold those 16 tablet sized boxes. They didn’t mind me buying two though. (Some places can be funny about selling a lot of paracetamol at once, so you may be asked why you need a large quantity.)
The boxes are cheerful too with a nice dark blue colour effect and photos of happy children on the front. The tablets come in squares of four, each one sealed securely, with the word ‘DISPROL’ printed across them in orange. This means that, even without the box, it is still obvious what they are.
Overall, I find Disprol is excellent and something that every parent needs to keep in their medicine cupboard. Being in tablet form, it is light and easy to carry, as it won’t spill in your bag. The only disadvantage (besides not being able to buy a bigger sized box) is that the tablets never seem to dissolve completely, usually leaving a few white gritty bits – but these are swallowed easily and don’t present a problem.
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