Just watched his BBC program re calpol, I've only given it to dc when they've had a temperature & it works every time. He said it should only be given if your child is in distress, not to treat the temp, but I've never known my kids to have a temp & not be distressed! It feels fucking awful having a temperature, I'd take paracetamol myself if I had one I don't get his point
The point was that it doesn't do anything to lower the temperature, so it should only be given if your child is in pain/distressed. Children can have a fever and cope ok without needing pain relief. I don't think he's suggest
He showed parents and their children who had created a Calpol habit. Child who is in discomfort, given calpol, happiness. Child craves comforting Calpol hit. Paracetamol is actually a pretty serious medicine i can’t imagine that much given regularly does children much good.
There's a range of research that shows that paracetamol isn't very effective or not effective at all at being temperatures down. Most fevers are self limiting anyway, whether you give pain relief or not.
Too many people give Calpol/Paracetamol suspension for all sorts of nonsense reasons: to help baby sleep (not a sedative), to stop baby crying (well, it won't work if baby is upset for some other reason than pain), "because the like it" .
It does have some effect on fever, but people seem to forget that fever is there for a reason and not in itself to be feared.
Fever + grumpiness = Calpol in our house Fever + content child = crack on, encourage them to drink and see how it goes.
Too many people give Calpol/Paracetamol suspension for all sorts of nonsense reasons: to help baby sleep (not a sedative), to stop baby crying (well, it won't work if baby is upset for some other reason than pain), "because the like it"￼.
Most people know it isn't a sedative but it might help them sleep if teething pain is keeping them up.
I don't really recognise this idea that paracetamol doesn't reduce a fever, it always has with my children.
And I find it hard to believe any parents give their child calpol just because they like it!
I was really shocked at how much Calpol that woman had gone through in such a short time! I think we've probably had fewer than five bottles total, and my kids are 9 and 6 now. Maybe they were unusually healthy babies but I don't remember giving it more than a handful of times per year to either of them. And I always bought the generic one!