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Before having a child I had never heard of or come across Ashton and Parsons, even after being introduced to the brand on recommendation of a friend I didn't half struggle to find these in the local shops and supermarkets but what a great little box of teething powders not to dis-similar from the Nelsons teething powder which we have also been using to help our child break through the teething barrier.
Again like Nelsons they come in individual sachets', for children under 6 months it's half a sachet or a full sachet for anything above that. They are recommended to be given before bed and as they wake and whilst we did not follow that rule in all honesty, only giving it when our child was in visible pain, the powder worked a charm. It is an instant relief, and as there is nothing more heart-breaking than seeing your child screaming until they go dry in the throat it's always a relief to give them something that doesn't take 10-20 minutes to kick in.
It's easy to administer, either rub the powder into your child's gums or easier still wait for your child to open their mouth and simply empty the sachet. For children under six months I'd go for the rubbing into gums method as it can be hard to only give them half a full sachet when tipping it into their mouths. You will get times when they make a knee-jerk reaction, as it's not natural to them being given a powder, but the mess is minimal and nothing a quick wipe can't solve.
In reality this is one of the best solutions for teething you can get. Forget your ibpruofen's and paracetemol's a powder always does the trick. If not Nelsens than it's got to be Ashtons and Parsons all the way. Granted it can be a little expensive but for a good few hours of rest-bite for your child's teeth it truly is worth every penny.
Ashton and parsons is a natural remedy that helps little one with teething pain. It contains tincture of Matricaria which is extracted from German Chamomille flowers, that helps calm little one down and relieve their pain. When my children began teething I had advice from every direction about how I could help them. One of the things that were brought up a number of times was this teething powder. I had never heard of it before but after a recommendation by a number of friends and my Grandma I decided to buy some. This was not easy as most chemists and shops I tried were out of stock and I was told they were unlikely to get anymore in. When we moved to a small village of course I began using our local chemist. While picking up some other bits I noticed this sitting behind the counter. Since then I have only ever found this in two places, so that is one of the major downfalls as it is so hard to get a hold of. Boots used to stock it but now it only seems to be smaller chemists that this is available which a shame as it works so well is.
Dosage is half a sachet for children under 6 months old, and anyone above this can have a full sachet. The box tells me it can be added every, one two or three hours depending on what your child needs. It suggests giving the powder in the morning and at night but to be honest I prefer to only use it when little one is visibly distressed to limit the amount of medicine I am giving them. As it works instantly I do think it is possible to leave it to help little one while they are in pain rather than giving it them to prevent it. We have never needed to use it more than once every 6 to seven hours as it seems to settle little one and keeps working for long periods of time. This is a major advantage for me as it means I do not constantly have to give them medicine.
The directions say to apply the powder straight to the tongue but I found it worked differently with each of my children. My son preferred it to be rubbed into his gum and around the problem area. He was not keen on the powder being poured into his mouth which is the suggested way to apply. My other children were happy for the sachet to be poured. The first time can be hard work as little one isn't sure what is happening and just see a white piece of paper coming towards them. After the first few times I found they realised that this helped their pain so they were happy to open wide and allow me to tip the full powder onto their tongue. This seems to work for the whole of the mouth so there is no need to apply it directly to problem areas. It can be tricky at first to tip the powder into little ones mouth especially if they are not keen on taking medicine. As you need to tilt the powder and run it down a crease in the paper it can be messy, and the first few times I did manage to spill some of the powder.
The powders really dosent have a taste to it. I tried it and as it numbs your mouth as soon as it hits your tongue, so there is no horrible taste to put little one off. The powder dissolves in seconds leaving no trace of it behind at all. The effects are instant my children can go to a full on screaming match to curiously running their tongue around their mouth. This leaves them to get on with what they were doing with no more pain at all. It is like a miracle powder as it both removes the pain from little one at calms them at the same time. The relief on my children's faces is evident, and I can honestly say they seem to have no problems after this has been applied.
The thing we love about this is the amount of time the powder seems to work. With other teething medicines we have found after three to four hours little one is becoming irritable again. With Ashton and Parsons the relief seems to last for long periods of time, and even after six to seven hours my children are still happy and pain free. As there are 20 sachets of powder in the one box, and it does have such a lasting effect a box of these will last me months. If I was able to purchase these they would be my first choice every time. They are not just useful for teething. They can also be used to calm little one down when they are poorly and generally not settling. I only use them for teething pains but I can see why they would be useful in other situations as it does calm little one down instantly.
These powders are a natural way to ease little ones teething pain. They work instantly, have lasting effects and my children are happy to take them. They reduce little ones pain so they can get on with the day while still being a natural remedy. The thing is they are so hard to come by, and it only seems to be smaller independent chemists that have them available. This is something that my Grandma suggested I tried, and I know that my mother used them too. They are a reliable brand and I only wish that they were more readily available. I would highly recommend these to anyone that has a little one with teething pains. Retail is around £3-£5 for 20 sachets, but this last me around two to three months. They are selling on Amazon and eBay for up to £60 which is crazy money, but your best bet is to try small independent chemists as this is the only place I have ever found them.
When my eldest daughter was teething a friend off mine recommended we buy some of this teething powder as she had had great success using it with her children, we lived near quite an old style chemist and found that they stocked it which was great as the only other place I saw it was in Boots, you get 20 powders per box and it cost £2.50 at the time of us buying them.
The product comes packaged in a small white cardboard box with writing printed on either side of the box, on the front it states "A herbal product traditionally used in infants for the symptomatic relief of the pain and stomach upset associated with teething. If before first use you find end seals are broken, do not use and return pack to the address on the box. For Teething with a Smile!" and on the rear it states "Ashton and Parsons Infants' Powders are intended to soothe the child; check stomach disorders; correct the motions; relieve restlessness, fretfulness and similar troubles incidental to the teething period and are useful in delayed or unduly prolonged dentition. Mothers may enjoy ease of mind in the knowledge that these powders are reliable and contain nothing harmful"
Inside the box you find lots of little folded up paper parcels all neatly in a row, I found it quite strange that the powder came inside folded up pieces of paper however it made dosages must easier. Babies under 6 months can have half a sachet which may be quite difficult but we started using it after our daughter was 6 months so she could have a full sachet which was very easy.
To administer the powder you have to unfold the paper and then you can tip the powder onto a spoon or tip straight into your babies mouth if you find that easier, I personally made a fold in the middle of the paper so the powder had a shoot to go down and then tip it straight into my daughters tongue. You are supposed to give the powder morning and night however if your child is restless you can repeat every 2-3 hours as required.
I found it was actually quite easy to give the powder which I didn't think it would be and my daughter accepted it easily, I'm not sure I would want a load of powder pouring into my mouth. The powders work fantastically and really helped to settle my daughter down, we used the powders right through the teething process and I found the powders much better than any teething gels.
When my second daughter started teething I tried to get hold of these powders but found that they are now pretty hard to come by, I could find them on Ebay but was a little dubious buying something like this from Ebay as I would actually want to check the box over myself, we ended up being really lucky and our second daughter didn't struggle with her teeth so we managed her pain with nelsons powder and gels. This is a fantastic product.
After my baby suffering with her teeth for what seemed like forever and using all the usual remedies plus calpol and ibuprofen I was at my wits end when I came across these powders. They were a complete revelation, a miracle for my daughters pain and my sanity.
After reading about them I popped along to my local boots to pick some up, I was willing to try anything at his point. This is where my plan hit a snag. They didn't have any in stock. I've since realised these powders are like gold dust to obtain. My sister in law eventually found me a packet and I've been buying them online since.
The powders come in a little White cardboard box with blue writing. They are completely herbal. Upon opening h box I was surprised that the sachets weren't sealed just folded over. Apparently you can just tip them into the babies mouth but I've never had success this way, I get my daughter to suck my little finger then dab the powder so she can suck it off. She seems to enjoy the taste and I never have any problems getting her to take the powder.
The effect of the powders were instant. She calmed down and actually slept. I always make sure I have a packet in because I've honestly never known anything to calm her down like these do. They work particularly well for us at bed time when she's fractious.
To any parents reading this who have a teething baby, give them a try. They are honestly amazing, I would recommend them to everyone.
Ashton and Parsons Teething Powders
When our daughter was reaching the milestone of getting her first teeth she was teething quite badly. We had stocked up on Calpol, Bonjela and various teething bits and bobs before the event occured but they just didn't seem to hit the spot. Nobody wants to see their children in pain!
Whilst I was pregnant I heard alot of family members and friends raving about teething powders so set about trying to obtain some. There are various ones on the market - Boots do their own brand ones but after reading the reviews it seemed as though these were a lost cause, Nelsons have Teething Granules but again these didn't seem to achieve good results.
Then I can across lots of positive reviews about Ashton and Parsons Teething Powders. Trying to find somewhere that stocked them was another matter as we needed them immediately! Ebay are flooded with them but we were unable to wait days to receive them and the added expensive of postage made them twice the price as in the shops. Apparently there is a shortage of them from the suppliers. We range around all of our local Boots and small chemists but everywhere had no stock. We finally found them in a Lloyds Chemist an hour away from our home! So after making the two hour round trip (any parents will agree that this is worthwhile to stop a screaming baby!!!) we had four boxes to hand!
What are they?
A teething remedy that comes in a powder form that you tip straight into your baby's mouth.
A small white box with a plain blue label with a baby on top of the Ashton and Parsons label. On the front of the label it reads: A herbal product traditionally used in infants for the symptomatic relief of the pain and stomach upset associated with teething. If before first use you find end seals are broken, do not use and return pack to the address on the box. For Teething with a Smile! The back of the box states what is in the powders and what the product actually does - Ashton and Parsons Infants' Powders are intended to soothe the child; check stomach disorders; correct the motions; relieve restlessness, fretfulness and similar troubles incidental to the teething period and are useful in delayed or unduly prolonged dentition. Mothers may enjoy ease of mind in the knowledge that these powders are reliable and contain nothing harmful.
How to Use:
Our daughter was just under 6 months old when we first started using this product so we could only give her half a powder at a time which is not very easy to do as each powder is folded up in paper but as they are only herbal I wasn't worried if she had a little bit more. Once your child is over six months you can up the dose to one powder. The box states to give the powders dry on the tongue, morning and night. If your child is restless or fretful then you can repeat the dose every one, two or three hours if necessary.
I thought it would be difficult to administer the powder but found it quite easy when your child's mouth is wide open screaming! They must be quite tasty as it only took a few powders for her to realise what was coming and opened her mouth willingly and seemed to get quite excited at the thought of them!
Do they work?
Work? They are like magic! As soon as the powders hit the tongue and gums she quietened down almost immediately. Very rarely have I found the need to give her another after an hour. One of my friends children had a problem with her little boy not sleeping through the night (he was 11 months old) One night she gave him a powder before bedtime and for the first time since he was born he slept all through the night! It certainly does settle them.
How much are they?
Well that is the question. For something that works so well you would expect them to be quite expensive, but they are not. Each box has 20 individually wrapped powders and they cost just £2.79, just 13p a powder. Compared to our products that do the same thing this for me is the best value.
This is the thing, it is not easily available on the high street but I have managed to find them in a few Co-Op and Lloyds Chemists. If you see them I would advise that you purchase a few packets so ensure that you are not left without any when you need them the most! Alternatively they are quite easily available on the internet at various online pharmacies.
As a parent I believe this are a must in your baby kit as teething can be very hard for parents as well as your little one. I would give this product more than 5 stars if I could, it really is a brilliant product!
I must admit I even used this myself when I had toothache and this actually worked on me too!