There is definitely something to be said about a mother’s touch, no matter what age you are. Perhaps it’s the security of having your mommy touch you and be close to you or maybe it is the actual physical warmth and healing energy that is transferred with only the best intentions from mother to child.
And that’s what holidays are for; spending quality time with your little ones, bonding and giving them a sense of security which promotes good health.
But there are the times when not even that special mother’s touch works. When there is so much crying and moaning from your little one that you end up in tears because you feel so helpless, especially when you are supposed to be having a good time on holiday.
It is so hard being so little and unable to express your pain correctly or at all!!!
I love lists and lists are what give me sanity in managing a family and when going on holiday I create a list of what to pack based on every possible thing that can go wrong. #SuperMom
And on top of my list is always something for the relief of mild to moderate pain and fever: Calpol.
In case you were unsure of what Calpol is, it is a syrup which is for the relief of pain and fever, teething pains, toothache, the pain of sore throats, headaches and other common childhood health niggles from 3 months and up to 6 years.
Based on my 4 years plus of using Calpol, especially whilst on holiday, it has saved the day (and night) many times. Here is why:
The colour is a win! It’s bright pink and is an attraction for any growing curious mind.
Based on the above point it has a childproof screw lid, which requires adult strength and co-ordination to twist, push down and twist off.
It has a sweet fragrance and strawberry taste so it is balanced for your little one’s palette and there won’t be fighting and crying trying to get them to drink it.
It contains paracetamol, which is the magic ingredient that causes pain relief and reduces fever. It starts working in 15 minutes* and is gentle on your child’s tummy.**
It does not need to be refrigerated like an antibiotic does and often one does not have a fridge when away on holiday. However, don’t keep it in direct sunlight and exposure to air should be minimal, but it’s nice to know that you can keep it in your baby bag while travelling (store in a well closed container at 25° C or below).
It comes in a 50ml and 100ml size so you are able to take it on the plane with you in case pain or a temperature strikes whilst midair.
Then there was the time when my eldest, who is now 4 years old, stepped on a bee right before we were about to board a boat – pain and wails! Calpol worked quickly to lessen the pain and our trip could continue.
The dosage instructions are clearly marked both on the box, as well as on the bottle itself, so that if you throw away the box, you will still know how to administer it.
It is alcohol free so you won’t have a drowsy child after taking it.
It’s readily available from all major retailers. R49.99 for 100ml and R27.50 for 50ml.
Both size bottles are small enough to be put in a small plastic bag and kept in your bag. #AlwaysReady
When it drips or spills on that very special baby grow or school outfit it won’t stain and can be easily washed off.
The most important thing that I wanted to touch on is that the correct dosage should always be used. The Calpol bottle and carton are labelled with the dose for the weight or age of your child. Always refer to this dosage when using the product.
|Age||Average weight (kg)||Dose|
|3 – 6 months||6 -8||3,75 ml|
|6 – 24 months||8 – 12||5 ml|
|2 – 4 years||12 – 16||7,5 ml|
|4 – 6 years||16 – 20||10 ml|
Having Calpol with you in your baby/mommy/daddy bag gives you the security, that as a parent, you will be prepared to handle the difficult times, so that you can move swiftly into the happy and healthy times creating those special holiday memories and traditions even if it is with a little help.
S0 CALPOL Paediatric Suspension. B/2.7/767. Each 5 ml contains: Paracetamol 120 mg, Methyl Hydroxybenzoate 0,1% m/v, Propyl Hydroxybenzoate 0,02 % m/v. Alcohol Free. Applicant: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare South Africa (Pty) Ltd. 39 Hawkins Avenue, Epping Industria 1, Cape Town, 7460. For full prescribing information see package insert. For any safety information, please contact the GSK hotline on +27 11 745 6001.
* – Wong A, Sibbald A, Ferrero F, Plager M, Santolaya ME, Escobar AM, Campos S, Barragán S, González MD, Kesselring GL, Fever Pediatric Study Group.Antipyretic eff ects of dipyrone versus ibuprofen versus acetaminophen in children: results of a multinational, randomized, modified double-blind study.Clinical pediatrics. 2001 Jun 1;40(6):313-24.
– Mahar, A. F., et al. “Tepid sponging to reduce temperature in febrile children in a tropical climate.” Clinical pediatrics 33.4 (1994): 227-231.
– Temple AR, Temple BR, Kuffner EK. Dosing and antipyretic efficacy of oral acetaminophen in children. Clinical therapeutics. 2013 Sep 30;35(9):1361-75.
** – Temple AR, Temple BR, Kuffner EK. Dosing and antipyretic efficacy of oral acetaminophen in children. Clinical therapeutics. 2013 Sep 30;35(9):1361-75.
– De Martino M, Chiarugi A. Recent advances in pediatric use of oral paracetamol in fever and pain management. Pain and therapy. 2015 Dec 1;4(2):149-68.