Saturday, 8 September 2007


Brian Healy, the father of Kate McCann, admitted she “may have used Calpol” to help Madeleine to sleep, but said it was “just outrageous to think of anything else." Gerry and Kate strongly denied, on August 16, using any kind of drugs on their children to stop them waking up at night. Calpol is a common painkiller that is used, in UK, to to calm them down or help children to sleep. Twelve million bottles and packets of Calpol are sold every year, in UK.


I use Calpol as a nightcap," says one mother. "Like adults might have a brandy, if I give my 10-month-old daughter warm milk with a Calpol chaser, she goes down so much better for the night." Another advised me to administer a precautionary dose of Nurofen for Children when babysitting her one-year-old overnight (...) In playgrounds, clinics and chatrooms, parents swap tips on which over-the-counter medication lasts longer (Nurofen's eight hours versus Calpol's six), which makes children drowsiest and different ways of getting it down – or even up, in the case of suppositories (...)


Anonymous said...

Calpol contains paracetamol its not a sedative.

Anonymous said...

Calpol is liquid paracetamol in mild form commonnly used as a painkiller in children, it does not make children sleep, it relieves pain and fever. If used in overdose it takes many hours, if not days until the symptoms become apparent, usually through jaundice and if far too much is used liver failure. It is not a tranquiliser as suggested by some Portugeses press.

Anonymous said...

If you read a little further down in the link that Paulo posted then you will see a quote from a Mr Terence Stephenson a professor of child health at Nottingham University

"Paracetamol doesn't have any sedative properties whatsoever and neither does Nurofen," he says. "It's a widespread misconception that Calpol helps children to sleep. Doctors used to prescribe antihistamines to help children sleep, but not any longer."

Paulo Reis said...

For questions related with damage control and crisis management, please call Alex Woolfall, from Bell Pottinger...

KC said...

Calpol night does make you sleep.. (it contains an anti-histamine)...
it has the same strawberry taste al normal calpol ...

Anonymous said...

Paulo, this post is quite ridiculous. All parents give their children Calpol (unless their children are miraculously blessed with a cast iron immunnue system an d they never get a fever or viruses or bugs).

If a child is ill and not given calpol, it suffers all the miserable symptoms that adults do when they get ill, except they don't understand because they are just little children.

To make a story out of this shows an embarrassing lack of research.

Anonymous said...

Paulo, your article states that Kate and Gerry strongly denied using any kind of drugs on their children to stop them waking at night and point us to a link to the express where they allegedly strongly denied it.

I suggest you read the express article a little more closely. It actually says "A source close to the family said: “They did not give the children sedatives that night. They have never given their children sedatives.’

It is understood that the couple have never given their children anything stronger than the over-the-counter painkiller Calpol, the infant form of para­cetamol."

Never given anything stronger - that means they have given them calpol.

Keep it up if you want, but it is a bit silly :)


Anonymous said...

Hope you have something to say about this morning's getaway flight.

They'll never return to Portugal again.

Paulo Reis said...

We have a different information: the McCann are not living this Sunday morning. We are checking it, to see if we can confirm and publish it, wihin the next hour.


Paulo Reis (with Duarte Levy...)

Anonymous said...

Britain is the cover-up king.

Anonymous said...

Are you people who think Calpol (it's only paracetamol) perfectly harmless mad? When my sister came home from an extended visit to England, she brought with her a supply of paracetamol.I had a toothache several days after her return home, and she gave me a couple of tabs. DAMN!! It knocked me out!!Maybe it doesnt have that effect on everyone, but obviously it does on some people. If you give this opiate based product to your child on a regular basis, you are creating a generation of addicts.

Anonymous said...

'For questions related with damage control and crisis management, please call Alex Woolfall, from Bell Pottinger'

Are we to read anything into this?

Paulo Reis said...

yes. It's an irony. Alex Woolfall, head of crisis management at one of the leading world PR companies (Bell Pottinger) was in charge of all Media strategy of the Mccann family, during the fist 14 days after Madeleine disappeared. He was hired by MArk Warner, the company that owns Ocean Club.

You can read it in this links:

Tireless PR keeps Madeleine in mind

The Desperate Efforts to Keep Madeleine Mccann in the Headlines
The abduction of Madeleine McCann has sparked an unprecedented global campaign. Esther Addley reports on the family's desperate efforts to keep her in the headlines.

Portuguese police unsure Madeleine is alive

Steven Morris in Praia da Luz, Portugal
Tuesday May 8, 2007
Guardian Unlimited,,2074959,00.html


Paulo Reis

Sawbones said...

What a crock of shit. Calpol is paracetamol and is not sedative. It is a mild analgesic and anti pyretic drug.

Anonymous said...

From the word go the British Press have moaned about the Portugese authorities. The tone HAS been racist and follows their "Brits never get a fair trial abroad" or "Brits thrown in jail with prostitutes and drug dealers". I have pointed out in various comments that this has not helped the enquiry and the 24/7 coverage has hindered the investigation with ridiculous sightings here, there and everywhere.

Teefee61 said...

Kate McCann did say she'd at times given her kids Calpol (I heard her). However, as others here have said, it is not a sedative, and does not contain anti histemine. It's children's paracetemol (Benuron in Portugal). It's not an opiate.
There are adult versions of it which have codeine, or other ingredients added to it