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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Pain reliever and fever reducer

Works by

Reducing pain and fever by acting on the brain's temperature-regulating center

Active Ingredient


Effective within

Provides relief within a short time after ingestion



Side effects

Allergic reactions, unexpected bruising or bleeding, skin reactions (rare)

Medication details


Calpol Infant Suspension is a medication specifically designed for infants and young children. It is used to relieve pain and reduce fever caused by various conditions such as teething, earaches, headaches, and other minor aches and pains. The active ingredient in Calpol Infant Suspension is paracetamol, a widely used pain reliever, and fever reducer. The suspension is easy to administer, with a syringe included for precise dosing. It is available in a pleasant-tasting fruit flavor, making it more palatable for young children. Calpol Infant Suspension is a safe and effective choice for parents looking to relieve their child's discomfort, with over 50 years of trusted use in the UK. Always follow the instructions of a healthcare professional when using Calpol Infant Suspension.


Administering CALPOL® Infant Sugar Free Colour Free 120 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension is straightforward and safe. Follow these steps carefully:
- Shake the bottle for at least 10 seconds before use.
- Remove the cap and insert the syringe into the hole on the neck of the bottle, ensuring it's secure.
- Gently turn the bottle upside down and pull down the plunger to measure the appropriate dose (2.5 ml or 5 ml) as indicated in the tables.
- Administer the medicine by gently pressing the plunger against your child's cheek, allowing the liquid to be released slowly.
- After use, the plug should remain in the bottle's neck. Wipe the plug and neck clean, rinse the cap, and replace it.
- Remember to wash and dry the syringe by hand without removing the plunger.


The active ingredient in CALPOL® Infant Sugar Free Colour Free 120 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension is Paracetamol, which provides effective pain and fever relief. Additional ingredients include Maltitol liquid (E965), glycerol, polysorbate 80, sorbitol liquid (E420), methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), ethyl parahydroxybenzoate (E214), microcrystalline cellulose and carmellose sodium, xanthan gum, purified water, and a strawberry flavoring containing propylene glycol (E1520) and benzyl alcohol.

Side Effects

It's natural to be concerned about potential side effects. While CALPOL® Infant Sugar Free Colour Free 120 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension is generally well-tolerated, some rare effects may occur, such as allergic reactions, tiredness, bruising, and skin reactions. If your child experiences any of these, or any other unusual symptoms, it's important to consult a healthcare professional promptly.


Before using CALPOL®, consider these crucial points:

Consult your doctor or pharmacist if your child has kidney or liver problems, intolerance to fructose, or is taking certain medications.
Avoid administering CALPOL® to babies under 2 months old, babies weighing less than 4 kg, or babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Always adhere to the recommended dosages and frequency. If your child's condition persists or worsens, seek medical advice.

If you're unsure about your child's medications, consult a healthcare professional and show them the bottle or packaging.

Storing and Disposal:
Keep CALPOL® Infant Sugar Free Colour Free 120 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension out of children's reach and store it below 25°C. Once the medicine reaches its expiry date, do not use it. Dispose of any unused medicine responsibly according to your pharmacist's guidance.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Aug 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

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Is CALPOL® suitable for my child's age?

CALPOL® Infant Sugar Free Colour Free 120 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension is safe and effective for most babies over 2 months and children up to 6 years of age. However, it should not be given to babies under 2 months old. Always refer to the dosing tables and consult a healthcare professional for guidance if you're unsure about age-appropriate use.

Can CALPOL® be taken alongside other medications?

Before giving CALPOL® to your child, it's important to check for potential interactions with other medications. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if your child is taking other medicines, especially those containing paracetamol, anticoagulants, or anticonvulsants. They can provide personalized advice to ensure your child's safety.

What if my child's symptoms persist after using CALPOL®?

While CALPOL® is effective in providing relief from pain and fever, if your child's symptoms persist or worsen, it's important to seek medical advice. This could be an indication of an underlying condition that requires further evaluation and treatment by a healthcare professional.

Can CALPOL® be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

CALPOL® can be used during pregnancy at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your healthcare provider before using CALPOL® to ensure it is safe for both you and your baby. They can provide guidance on appropriate use.

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