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11 “Highly Scientific*” Ways To Check Whether Your Kid Is Feeling Better

Embrace the power of science and remember: The CALPOL® range of products are here to help your child bounce back to their same old self!

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1. Shout “sweets!”, then time how long it takes your child to run down the stairs.

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Did they arrive in less than three seconds? Yes? Good news: Your little one is feeling as right as rain.

3. Stand outside their bedroom and play the ice cream chime loudly on your mobile phone.

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Only a poorly child will stay in bed. That right there, ladies and gentleman, is a scientific fact.

4. Treat your kid to pizza for dinner and observe patiently. Did they eat the crusts without complaining?

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Yes? Now you can relax because only a child with a healthy appetite is capable of doing that.

5. Visit a local playground and insist on being the first to have a go on a swings.

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Is your child acting impatiently and begging you to let them have a go? Yes? The test is over; the little one is healthy again!

10. Tell your child they can stay up past their bedtime tonight as a special treat.

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Now judge their reaction: Out of 10, how crazy excited are they? Anything over 6 technically means your child is healthy. That is probably, definitely, almost certainly a scientific fact.

11. Sit down together in front of the TV to watch their favourite cartoon.

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Five episodes later, are they still begging you to watch another episode? Yes? According to science, a sick child is not capable of that much enthusiasm.

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*CALPOL® would like to remind mums and dads that the above statements are not evidence-based, clinically proven, or in any way scientific facts. But we think they probably ring true regardless, wouldn’t you say?