What is Care Liquid Paraffin?
Care Liquid Paraffin helps to ease constipation in adults and children over 3. It makes your poo easier to pass, ideal for those who find that their poo is larger or harder when they have constipation.
Why do I have constipation?
When you have constipation, you may find that you poo less than 3 times in a week or that your poo is harder, larger, or lumpier than usual and more difficult to push out. Many people suffer from constipation at some point in their lives, as it can affect people of all ages and has many different causes. Some of the most common causes of constipation include:
- Not eating enough fibre
- Not drinking enough
- Not moving or exercising enough
- Ignoring the urge to go to the toilet
- A change in your diet or routine
- Stress, anxiety, depression
- Side effects of some medication
How will Care Liquid Paraffin help to ease my constipation?
Care Liquid Paraffin helps to ease constipation by acting as a lubricant, helping poo to move through your bowel so you can pass it. It also helps to soften hard or lumpy poo, making it easier and more comfortable to pass. This is especially useful in children, who can make constipation worse by trying not to go to the toilet as they find passing hard poo painful or uncomfortable.
Can I use this product during pregnancy?
Liquid paraffin should not be taken during pregnancy or when you’re breastfeeding unless you have been told to do so by your doctor. Constipation is quite common at these times, and your doctor can help you to choose a suitable treatment or encourage some lifestyle changes that could help.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including those obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product. This also applies if you’re taking vitamin supplements, as fat-soluble vitamins may not be absorbed properly by the body.
How to take this product
The amount of liquid paraffin you should take will differ depending on your age:
- Adults and children over 12: Take two to six 5ml spoonfuls when needed
- Children aged 3 – 12: Take one to four 5ml spoonfuls when needed
When should this product not be used?
Care Liquid Paraffin is not suitable for use in children under the age of 3 unless told otherwise by your doctor. Do not take this product if you are allergic to liquid paraffin. Do not use this product for long periods of time. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you have:
- Persistent stomach ache
- Difficulty swallowing
- To use this medicine to aid bowel movements every day
Does Liquid Paraffin have any side effects?
Like all medications, Liquid Paraffin can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:
- Inflammation and formation of lumps
- Paraffin leaking from the anus after prolonged use, which may cause irritation
- Congestion in the lungs after accidentally breathing in this product
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Protect from light. Do not take this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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What Can I do if My Baby or Child is Constipated?
Have you gone to change your baby and found that the little present they usually leave for you in their nappy just isn’t there?
Or maybe your child is finding it difficult to go to the toilet and tries to avoid pooping like the plague?
Your child could be suffering with constipation, and today we’re going to find out what that is, why it’s happening, and what you can do to help.
Don’t you just hate blockages? Whether it is in the nose and you struggle to breathe through it and smell, or whether it is a traffic jam caused by an accident that leaves you stuck on the road, they are a pain.
The same can be said about constipation, a simple blockage in the digestive system that can cause a lot of problems. To find the solution to constipation, first, you need to know the cause.
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