CALPOL ® Infant Suspension provides soothing relief from pain and fever for your child, when they need it most. It starts to work on fever in just 15 minutes but is still gentle on children’s delicate tummies. Trusted by parents for over 50 years, CALPOL ® Infant Suspension is gentle enough to use from 2 months of age. Each pack comes with an easy dose syringe which helps when dispensing the correct dose of suspension. It relieves the symptoms of fever, cold and flu, teething, headache, toothache, earache, sore throat and other aches and pains. CONTAINS PARACETAMOL.
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What can calpol be used for?
- Calpol can be given to children for the following reasons:
- Relieving mild to moderate pain such as headache, toothache, teething, earache or sore throat.
- Reducing a high temperature (fever).
- Relieving aches, pains, fever and general discomfort associated with colds and flu or following childhood vaccinations.
When can CALPOL ® Infant Suspension be used?
For babies and children aged from 2 months to 6 years weighing more than 4kg and not premature. CALPOL ® Infant Suspension provides soothing relief from pain and fever for your children, when they need it most. It starts to work on fever in just 15 minutes but is still gentle on delicate tummies.
Can newborns have calpol?
Contains paracetamol. For babies and children aged from 2 months to 6 years weighing more than 4kg and not premature. CALPOL ® Infant Suspension provides soothing relief from pain and fever for your children, when they need it most. Do not give to babies under 2 months old.
Warnings / Side effects
Before giving the medicine to your child This medicine is suitable for most people but a few people should not use it. If you are in any doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not give your child this medicine… ? If s/he has ever had a bad reaction to any of the ingredients. ? If s/he is taking anything else with paracetamol in it. ? If s/he is between 2-3 months old and is taking this medicine for other causes of pain and fever and: ? Weighs less than 4 kg or ? Was born before 37 weeks If any of these applies, get advice from a pharmacist or doctor without using CALPOL ®. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist… ? If your child has serious kidney or liver problems. ? If your child has an inherited intolerance to fructose or been diagnosed with an intolerance to some other sugars. ? If your child is taking any other medicines including: ? metoclopramide or domperidone (used to treat nausea and vomiting) ? cholestyramine (used to treat high cholesterol ) ? anticoagulants (drugs that thin the blood, such as warfarin) ? anticonvulsants (drugs to treat epilepsy ) If you are not sure about the medicine your child is taking, show the bottle or pack to your pharmacist. If any of these bullet points apply, talk to a doctor or pharmacist. If adults take this medicine: The following additional warnings are included in case an adult takes this product. ? You can use this medicine while you are taking oral contraceptives (‘the pill’), but it may not work so well on your pain or fever. ? If you drink large amounts of alcohol, you may be more open to the side-effects of paracetamol. If this applies to you, talk to a doctor before use. ? If necessary, the medicine can be used during pregnancy. You should use the lowest possible dose that reduces your pain and/or your fever and use it for the shortest time possible. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if the pain and/or fever are not reduced or if you need to take the medicine more often. ? Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine if you are breast-feeding. Some of the ingredients can cause problems ? Methyl (E218), propyl (E216) and ethyl (E214) parahydroxybenzoate may cause allergic reactions which could possibly be delayed. ? The sorbitol (E420) and maltitol content of this product means that this product is unsuitable for people with inherited intolerance to fructose. ? This medicine contains 967 mg of sorbitol liquid (E420) per 5 ml dose which is equivalent to 193 mg/ml and 2.72 g maltitol liquid. Sorbitol is a source of fructose. If your doctor has told you that your child has an intolerance to some sugars or if your child has been diagnosed with hereditary fructose intolerance (HFI), a rare genetic disorder in which a person cannot break down fructose, talk to your doctor before your child receives this medicine. ? Sorbitol may cause gastrointestinal discomfort and mild laxative effect. ? Maltitol may have a mild laxative effect. Calorific values: 2.6 kcal/g sorbitol and 2.3 kcal/g maltitol. ? Carmoisine (E122) may cause allergic reactions. ? This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per 5ml, that is to say essentially ‘sodium-free’. ? This medicine contains 14.32mg propylene glycol (E1520) in each 5ml dose, which is equivalent to 2.86mg/ml. ? This medicine contains 0.16mg benzyl alcohol in each 5ml which is equivalent to 0.03mg/ml. Benzyl alcohol may cause allergic reactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a liver or kidney disease. This is because large amounts of benzyl alcohol can build-up in your body and may cause side effects (called ‘metabolic acidosis’)
Possible side effects of Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension:
A rare side effect of paracetamol can be skin rashes.
CALPOL® Sugar Free Infant Suspension can have side-effects, like all medicines, although these don’t affect everyone and are usually mild.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of these:
- allergic reactions including swelling of the face, tongue or throat, difficulty swallowing, unexplained wheezing, shortness of breath which may be accompanied by skin rash or hives.
- becoming unusually tired, unexpected bruising or bleeding and getting more infections (such as colds) than usual. These are very rare effects in people taking paracetamol.
- very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported. Symptoms may include: skin reddening, blisters, rash. If skin reactions occur or existing skin symptoms worsen, stop use and seek medical help right away.
If your child shows any of these signs, stop giving paracetamol and talk to your doctor right away.
Long term use: People who use medicines containing paracetamol every day for a long time (several months or more) could get certain side-effects, including liver and kidney damage. People taking paracetamol in the usual way for shorter periods have not had these problems, but liver function tests may be affected. If you notice any side-effects not included in this leaflet please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Usage / Instructions
This product is intended for use in children aged 2 months to 6 years. For oral use only. For the relief of fever after vaccination at 2, 3 and 4 months – See the leaflet in the box. For the relief of pain and other causes of fever – refer to dosing tables.
It is important to shake the bottle for at least 10 seconds before use. Always use the syringe supplied with the pack. Do not give more medicine than the label tells you to. If your child does not get better, talk to your doctor.
Children aged 2-3 months
- Child’s Age: 2-3 months, How much: 2.5 ml. If necessary, after 4-6 hours, give a second 2.5 ml dose.
- Do not give to babies less than 2 months old.
- Only give if your baby weighs over 4 kg and was born after 37 weeks. Leave at least 4 hours between doses.
Do not give more than 2 doses. This is to ensure that fever that may be due to a serious infection is quickly diagnosed. If your child is still feverish after two doses, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Children aged 3 months – 6 years
- Child’s Age: 3-6 months, How much: 2.5 ml, How often (in 24 hours): Up to 4 times
- Child’s Age: 6-24 months, How much: 5 ml, How often (in 24 hours): Up to 4 times
- Child’s Age: 2-4 years, How much: 7.5 ml (5 ml 2.5 ml), How often (in 24 hours): Up to 4 times
- Child’s Age: 4-6 years, How much: 10 ml (5 ml 5 ml), How often (in 24 hours): Up to 4 times
- Do not give more than 4 doses in any 24 hour period. Leave at least 4 hours between doses.
Do not give this medicine to your child for more than 3 days without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.
The active ingredient is: Paracetamol 120 mg per 5 ml
Other ingredients are: Maltitol liquid, glycerol, polysorbate 80, sorbitol solution (E420), methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), ethyl parahydroxybenzoate (E214), microcrystalline cellulose and carmellose sodium, xanthan gum and purified water. The flavouring is strawberry (containing propylene glycol (E1520) and benzyl alcohol) and colouring is carmoisine (E122).