The wintry weather is descending upon us - I came home late last night after a parent-teacher evening and had my teeth chattering because it was so cold ! - so now is the time to boost your family's immune system to help stave off colds and other end-of-year sniffles.
Boots kindly sent me a bottle of their Multivitamin syrup to try with the kids. It's suitable for children aged 4 months-12 years but I didn't give any to Pierre because he already has drops from the doctor (4 drops a day so it must be ultra-potent, I don't want to to overdo it !). The dosage depends on the child's age and you can use a Calpol (or similar brand) 5ml spoon to take out the guesswork : 1/2 spoonful daily for 4-6 month olds ; 1 spoonful daily for kids aged 6 months-1 year ; 2 spoonfuls daily for 1-3 year olds ; 3 spoonfuls daily for 3-12 year olds. It doesn't say if it should be given in one go or spread out throughout the day so I tend to give a spoonful to the kids after each meal so they get their three spoonfuls.
It's orange-flavoured and can be consumed straight from the bottle or diluted with a little water. Juliette loves the taste and asks for it if I forget, Sophie's not quite so keen. I dipped my finger in it for a little taste and it reminds me of non-diluted orange squash.
Looking at the vivid yellowy-orange colour and taking into account the sharp but sweet zingy orange taste, I was expecting the ingredients list to contain various artificial additives but the label says that it is actually free from artificial colours and flavours as well as sugar-free. It contains Vitamins A, D, E and C, Thiamin (vitamin B1), Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Niacin (vitamin B3), vitamin B6 and Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5). (Pantothenic Acid ? Does it run up to the other vitamins in the bottle shouting "he's behind you" ?!)
One thing I didn't immediately notice is that once opened, the bottle should be kept in the fridge and used within 8 weeks. At the rate the girls are getting through it, that shouldn't be a problem (because despite wrinkling her nose, Sophie does always say she wants some too so she must quite like it really - or she just doesn't want to miss out on something her sister is getting !)
The girls already eat a pretty healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables but it's still reassuring to know I'm topping up their vitamins intake, especially as it's in a product that they (especially Juliette) love so much. I haven't compared prices with the big name brands but it sounds remarkably cheap to me too. I'll definitely be using it over the winter and possibly beyond.
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £2.15
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