Pros: Easy to use, dye free, effective
It's never fun when your little one gets sick. We were so used to illness in a small child though with our first child, that it was a pleasant surprise to see that our second child was a trooper who never became really ill.
She finally, at 14 months old, got a cold that knocked her for a loop. Basically she was cranky and more fussy, though still playing and eating like her usual self. The problem was first her nose was running everywhere ... constantly. She developed a hatred of the tissue and it was nearly impossible to keep her nose clean. Soon after the coughing start, and we began to look at medicines to help her feel better.
My husband works in the medical field and a nurse he works with mentioned the "Little Remedies" brand that she uses with her small children. Our pediatrician has already approved our daughter using Infant Tylenol products when needed, but we did not want to give her the cold and cough versions. We were especially interested in the fact that "Little Remedies" was dye free and no PPA. (phenylpropanolamine)
From the company:
"Multi-Symptom cold formula: Nasal Decongestant/Cough Suppressant/Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever Safely & Gently relieves:
- Stuffy Noses
- Fever & Pain
Little Remedies Products provide the most effective formulas possible to support the health and well-being of your child. When it comes to children's healthcare we steadfastly believe "less is more" and strive to make sure that each of our products contain just what is needed for fast, safe, effective relief-nothing more!
Little Remedies Products avoid the use of unnecessary additives, helping to eliminate side effects and concerns.
No Saccharin or Alcohol
No Artificial Flavors or Dyes (non-staining)
No PPA (phenylpropanolamine)
No Harmful Preservatives
We liked what the company has to say and felt safe in giving it to our daughter. It was packaged in a regular boxed container and cost around $5.00. Inside the box the medicine was sealed with a screw off top, and then there was a dropper lid that could be screwed on in its place - so the measuring for the medicine was always right there!
We did notice that some times our daughter seemed to take this medicine readily and opened her mouth, and other times we had to be more forceful. I don't think it was the case of not liking the flavor because she never made faces as she took it - just some times she refused to hold still and open her mouth.
The cold has lasted the typical number of days, so we have not noticed this medicine to decrease the length of her cold. What we did notice about Little Remedies Colds Multi-Symptom Cold Formula was that it works pretty quickly to relieve her symptoms - I'd say within 20 to minutes. The first time we used this we were amazed - it was like having our normal, non whiny, non clingy daughter back in minutes! Her nose stopped running, her coughing stopped. It was a miracle!
We also have noticed that after 4-5 hours the medication wears off and she'll need another dose depending on how she feels.
We feel comfortable giving her Little Remedies Colds Multi-Symptom Cold Formula and that the medication is relieving her exact symptoms. We love that it's dye free also - no more stains on her clothes trying to get her to open her mouth!
We highly recommend Little Remedies Colds Multi-Symptom Cold Formula and will look to the other products in the "Little Remedies" line as other illnesses occur!