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**What is it?**
Calgel is a teething gel used for babies over three months old and toddlers. It is similar to Bonjela, but made by the same company who make Calpol and Calprofen (branded paracetemol and ibuprofen).
Calgel works by numbing the gums and providing relief from itchy, painful and sore gums caused by teeth breaking though the skin.
**Price and Availability**
It is very easy to get hold of Calgel, I have been able to buy it in all larger supermarkets, chain chemists like Boots, Superdrug and Lloyds, independent pharmacies and baby shops and online at retailers including Amazon.
The price varies however you can expect to pay around £2.35 for a 10g boxed tube.
Calgel is sugar free and has the following active ingredients:
Lidocaine which acts as a local anaesthetic, and is almost instantly effective;
Cetylpyridinium chloride which has mild antiseptic properties and helps ward off infections in the broken skin of the gums.
Calgel is presented on the shelves in a light blue cardboard box which has a picture of a smiling baby with two front teeth on show! It has the purple and white Calgel logo on the front and 'Teething Gel', with the words 'Rapid Soothing Relief From Teething Pain'.
It states it is sugar free and suitable from 3 months plus.
The tube inside is a small metal tube with a plastic screw top lid and is 10g in product weight.
You can use Calgel up to 6 times in 1 day, with a minimum 20 minute wait between uses. I try to use it once an hour on bad days (my daughter is currently teething her back molars, all four at the same time, painful!) and I use it alongside Calprofen and Calpol to provide maximum pain relief only on very bad days. So if I use it once an hour I can get six hours out of Calgel, which will get us through the worst in between naps and other teething products (ie, a cold teether, or a flannel soaked in cold chamomile tea).
I find that it is effective even on the stubborn pain of back molars, and certainly I notice a difference in my little girl when it's on. At night, or at naptime, it gives her enough relief to be able to get to sleep, which is what she needs when she's in pain, tired and upset.
**Any Side Effects**
Not from the Calgel, though teething and use of painkillers can give her a loose nappy. My doctor recommended that you use the Calgel after her night time drink of milk as the numbing sensation can affect the drinking reflex and you don't want them to be coughing and spluttering at night.
Luckily she doesn't mind the medicated flavour of it, and associates it with pain relief. Often when she is in pain she will ask for her 'medicine teeth' and I know what she means.
Overall, I highly recommend Calgel for teething babies and toddlers as it is very effective albeit in a temporary sense and it is a great add on to use directly onto the teeth which are causing the pain. It has a very obvious effect which is not only physically but I think psychologically reassuring and relieving for little ones, and it allows them to settle down. There's nothing worse than a toothache, after all!
I will give Calgel 5 stars out of 5 as it's a great product which works well, and at a very reasonable price. I keep one in the changing bag for out and about teething emergencies, and as it keeps very well and doesn't need to be refridgerated, it's something you can keep on hand (and I recommend you do!)
My 7 month old baby son has reached the stage of his development where new and exciting things are starting to happen for him; he can hold his own head up now, his neck is strong, he's discovering new flavours and textures of food whilst being weaned and he's attempting to turn over onto his stomach ready to begin crawling. All positive and good steps forward in his development and things that I enjoy being part of, however he's also at the age now where the dreaded teething has started to kick in more than it was doing before and any parent who has gone through this stage of development with their own children will no doubt know, it's not very nice for all concerned.
Rosy cheeks are all well and good but on my son they're a sign that he's having discomfort with his gums. He's started 'mouthing' recently and anything that he can shove into his mouth he does and often chomps down on the ears of stuffed toys and any rattles that are in his vicinity and reach. I knew that there were plenty of teething gels on offer that claimed to provide some soothing relief for inflamed and sore gums so had bought a tube of Calgel in well before he actually started teething and for the past couple of weeks I've found that it's something that is being used on a more regular basis now although I do have mixed opinions about it's effectiveness overall.
My tube of Calgel holds 10 grams which isn't very much for the money it costs to buy but as it's intended for use on babies from the age of 3 months you don't need to use all that much per application as the surface area you're directing it on is relatively small. It's pretty much an odourless gel, transparent with a slightly yellowy/orange colour and contains the active ingredients of Lidocaine hydrocholride/Cetylpyridinium chloride (which means nothing to me but given it's from a well known and respected brand I don't doubt it's suitability for using it when my son needs it). Calgel claims to provide rapid soothing relief from teething pain and can be applied up to 6 times per day if needed, it's consistency allows it to spread out evenly with relative ease although I find that it does slip off my son's gums a lot of the time and ends up on his tongue and the insides of his cheeks which can be annoying and obviously reduces its effectiveness. I presume it's supposed to act as some sort of numbing agent whilst removing the soreness associated with teething and sometimes it does seem to do the trick and gives my son a short period of relief when his gums are just starting to get him down and other distractions don't take his mind off the discomfort.
I don't think it's particularly brilliant though if I'm being honest, during a really bad flare up of gum pain when his cheeks are really red it's not very effective at all and my son much prefers to bite down on a fridge-cooled teething ring rather than having this stuff smeared on his gums. I find it best used on a night time before bed and used in conjunction with Calpol it seems to offer enough relief for him to settle down for the evening rather than scream the place down with frustrated and painful tears. I don't think it's going to be terribly effective once he starts actually cutting his teeth, at the moment he has none coming through other than a few bumps across his top and bottom gumline and I suspect that I'm going to have to find an alternative to Calgel in time.
For very young babies over the age of 3 months I'd say it's worth taking a chance on as it does seem to offer some relief, it's sugar free should this be a consideration for some and it is widely available for around £3.00 for a 10g tube so finding some shouldn't be too difficult. For me and my son it's simply 'Ok' and works to an extent though I will be seeking other alternatives as I don't think it's going to be good enough as he gets older. All in all an average rating of 3 stars for an average product I think and not something I can highly recommend to parents of teething babies.
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In the last few weeks Jayden has been suffering a bit with his gums, he has got various teethers in the forms of different toys but on some occasions these do not seem to be enough so I decided to have a look around to see what types of gels were on the market that could help to sooth his sore gums. I spotted the Calgel Teething Gel whilst out shopping one day, I use Calpol for Jayden when he is not feeling 100% and have been pleased with it so I decided that the Calgel would be ideal for what I was looking for.
The Calgel Teething Gel comes in a long thin pale blue box, it has the name Calgel in the corner of it with the words Teething Gel written just underneath, further information about the product also appears just at the bottom of the box. One end of the box is taken up with a picture of a smiling baby with the age that this product is suitable for and also the fact that this product is sugar free. The back of the box is exactly the same, the sides of the box contain the product information such as statements about the product, directions for use and the ingredients, this is all written in black writing and is easy to follow.
Inside the outer box is a small metal tube, again this is pale blue and white and it has exactly the same information on it as the outer box, the tube has a small white plastic lid on the top of it which screws on and off to reveal a small opening which the gel can be squeezed out of, when you first buy the Calgel this is covered with a foil cover which needs piercing with a small point on the end of the lid.
Calgel Teething Gel I think is very similar to Bonjela, it has a clear coppery colour to it and is basically a thickish gel as the name suggests, it doesn't have any real fragrance to it and taste wise it is hard to describe and the only way I can describe it is that it tastes just like Bonjela, although the information on the packaging states that the taste is herbal, personally I do not think it has a herbal taste at all. Calgel Teething Gel is designed to relieve the symptoms of teething pain for your baby, it acts quickly to sooth your babies gums and relieve the pain that teething produces. This product contains the ingredients Lidocaine which is a local anaesthetic and helps to relieve pain, it also contains Cetylpyridium Chloride which is a mild antiseptic, this will help to prevent infection.
Before Giving Calgel to your Baby
There is a small leaflet inside the Calgel box which has various bits of information on it about the product, this includes a section on what you should check/ do before giving this product to your baby, this includes
* Do not give this to your child if they have had a bad reaction to the product, chamomile or any of the other ingredients
* Speak to your doctors if your child has an intolerance to some sugars
* If your child is using any other medicines
Directions for Use
The Calgel can be used whenever teething pain occurs, you simply place about one third of an inch of the gel onto a clean pad of cotton wool or the tip of a clean finger, your then rub the gel onto the effected area of gum. This can be repeated after 20 minutes up to 6 times a day if needed. Personally I find it best to rub the gel into Jayden's gums using my finger once I have washed my hands, I feel that using a cotton wool pad would result in bits of cotton wool getting into his mouth.
There are one or two warnings when it comes to using this product it states the following
* Do not use on babies under 3 months
* This product contains sorbitol which your child can have an intolerance to
* This product contains a small amount of thanol (less that 100mg per dose)
* Xylitol may have a laxative effect
* The castor oil may cause stomach upsets and diarrhoea
* Do not exceed the recommended dose, if this occurs seek medical advise
* If your child has a reaction to the Calgel Teething Gel seek medical advise immediately
* There are some rare and possible side effects including swelling of the mouth, gums or tongue, difficulty breathing and a rash, if any of these occur seek medical advise immediately.
Price and Availability
The Calgel Teething Gel is available from most chemists including Superdrug and Boots, the 10g tube costs £2.35, this seems a little expensive for such a small tube of the product however your only need a small amount of the gel at a time making it very long lasting, also in my opinion if it soothes Jayden's gums and means he is not it pain it is worth every penny.
We have used Calgel Teething Gel on Jayden's gums several times now when they seems to be bothering him, I just simply put a small amount onto my finger and gently rub it over his gums, it is hard to tell exactly which area of his gums are bothering him so I just spread it over them top and bottom and so far the product really does seem to work, and quickly, if he is crying and rubbing his gums with his hands or biting them just a couple of minutes after applying the gel he has calmed down and leaves them alone, I am pleased by the fact that it works quickly because as soon as his gums bother him I know I can apply the gel and know the pain will subside quickly.
Although there are some possible side effects with the product we have experienced no problems at all, he has had no reactions to any of the ingredients and he even doesn't seem to mind the taste of the product, he did seems a little surprised when I first applied it but the flavour didn't seem to bother him at all.
I also like the fact that this product is sugar free as I know that it will not cause any tooth decay as his new teeth come through.
The Calgel is reasonably priced and long lasting and definitely worth the money as it really does work and soothes Jayden's gums quickly and effectively. I will definitely continue to purchase this product whilst Jayden is teething and would highly recommend it to anyone with a baby that is suffering with their gums
My daughter is a terrible teether, and she seems to be a dry teether which appears to make things worse for her. So, I am quickly getting to the stage that we have tried everything under the sun to help ease the pain when it comes. Some products that I have tried have seemed to help, but I am always willing to try something new to see if it helps even more. I had noticed quite a few positive reviews here on dooyoo for this Calgel teething gel, and the fact that it was made by Calpol, which at teething times my daughter seems to live on (!) caught my attention.
This teething gel is suitable for children from 3 months plus. It is a mild antiseptic that aims to fight any infection in the mouth, as well as an anaesthetic to numb the gum and therefore numb the pain. This product is also sugar free, which I like. It is important that you read the info that comes with the gel, as there is a correct dosage that you need to stick to, when applying the gel. The gel should also not be reapplied withing a 20 minute period. It is available in most supermarkets and chemists, and I picked up mine in Asda for just under £2 fora 10g tube.
Over the past month since getting this gel, my daughter has went through a couple of days of sore gums, where everything gets chomped. I decided this was a good point to try the calgel, and keep the likes of calpol for if or whens things got worse. I applied no more than the 7.5 mm of the gel as advised, and applied it to where I thought it was sore. Within about five to ten minutes of applying the gel my daughter had calmed and didn't seem to be in just as much pain. On most occasions that I applied the gel the effect on reducing my daughter's discomfort was obvious very quickly, unless things were very bad, and there was no other choice apart from calpol. I also found at night, it my daughter woke crying with teething pain, I could give calpol but would put the calgel on to have quick effect until the calpol kicked in, and the two together would give her the relief she needed to get peace to sleep.
I would probably say in comparison to either Bonjela or to Dentinox, this has the edge and I think of these three this seemed to give her the best relief that a gel could offer. I will continue to purchase this gel and it is handy to have in my bag if we are out and about on a teething day.
A few months back my son seemed to suddenly be quite run down and was picking up bug after bug from school. One day he said his mouth felt sore and on closer inspection I spotted a mouth ulcer and presumed it was because he was a tad run down so went to the chemist on the way home from school to see if I could get some bonjela to pop on it. The pharmacist told me that bonjela wasn't suitable for children and instead gave me some calgel teething gel which I had used in the past when he was teething many moons ago so decided to give it a go.
The calgel comes in a thin blue cardboard box which features a picture of a smiling baby and we are told that the product is suitable for use from ages three months plus which is of course which makes it a very handy product to use when your baby is teething. The product is made by the same people who make calpol and so it is a trusted brand to me and despite the product not being for mouth ulcers as such I trusted that it would help soothe the uncomfortable pain my son was feeling.
Inside the tube there is a thin 10g tube of the calgel and the tube features information on how to apply the product as well as ingredients and storage instructions and so there is no major issue if you don't decide to keep the box that it comes in. The product is specifically a teething gel which contains Lidocaine hydrochloride and Cetylpyridium chloride and I have literally no idea what they are but according to the leaflet inside the box the Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic and the Cetylpyridium is a mild antiseptic and these work together to help relieve the pain associated with teething and presuming other minor mouth ailments. The gel is sugar free so there is no need to worry about rubbing it on to your child's gums and thinking that you are coating it in something sugary thank goodness!
Initially before using the gel you do need to pierce the inner foil of the tube using the spike which is in the top of the lid. Once this is done you are able to squeeze a little of the browny coloured gel on to a clean finger or cotton bud or something for application to the mouth. I find it easier to use my finger to apply the gel and this was something I did when my son was teething but also recently when he had the small mouth ulcer. The gel smells quite warm and herbally and is quite warming in the mouth too. My son as a baby really didn't bother having this on his gums but as he is now older and much more fussy he would have it popped on his gum and would then run around the room for five minutes with his mouth open saying how awful it was! I personally don't mind the taste too much but it isn't like bonjela where I would be tempted to lick it off as I like that taste of that!
You can use this product basically whenever teething pain occurs but you should not use it more than six times in one day and you should leave at least twenty minutes in between applications. You can use approximately one third of an inch for each application but I never needed to use that much when my son was teething and certainly not when he just had the small ulcer. The gel seemed to work quite quickly at numbing the area where my son's mouth was sore and so it was effective but we only used it for a couple of days as it turned out my son had developed a throat infection and needed antibiotics and as he got them in his system the ulcer soon went.
Despite the tube of gel only being small I think it would last a long while and the one I bought in June has an expiry date of November 2014 and so it is certainly something you can keep in your medicine box just in case the need arises. I think this is an effective product for easing mouth pain associated with teething and also the small ulcer my son had. As my son is now at the age where his adult teeth are beginning to come through I can see we may need to use a little of this from time to time again and so I am happy to have it at home. The product costs £2.35 and I think it is certainly a good product.
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I bought this product to ease my daughter discomfort while she was teething. Being from the makers of calpol, which we also use I trusted this product to be safe and work. It comes in the familiar purple packaging and states that it is for 3 months plus. Considering not many babies would actually be teething before 3 months I don't think this is a problem.
Upon using this gel I first read the instructions. You can use this gel up to 6 times a day. It contains both a mild antiseptic and a mild anaesthetic. So as well as numbing the pain it should also help to fight infection and keep your babies gums healthy.
The gel is brown and sticky and my daughter seems to enjoy the taste. I don't have any problems putting it on her gums apart from having to be really quick before she sucks it off my finger. The gel seems to calm her down within 5 minutes so I would say it is working the affects only actually last for about half an hour though. After this time she starts getting irritated again. I think this is a downside but obviously they can't make it too strong as it's for babies.
I paid around £3.00 for this gel and you can get it in most supermarkets as well as pharmacies.
All in all I would recommend this gel. It doesn't last very long but half an hour of relief is better than none in my opinion. I am only going to give it 4 stars however as I feel half an hour is a short time
My 10 month old son has now been teething for what seems like an eternity (well, several months anyway). This has left him chomping on anything and everything, wakeful at night and in quite some pain and discomfort. To try and ease his pain during this period, we have tried all manner of remedies - liquids, powders and gels. The latest product we have tried in our mission to find the most effective relief for him is Calgel.
Calgel is a teething gel made by Calpol. Calpol itself is a brand that I am familiar with and trust and we have used Calpol liquid to help ease his pain and lower his temperature. Therefore, when I saw that they also made this teething gel, I was keen to try it out. The gel comes in a soft metal squeezy tube of 10g. This is packaged inside a pale blue box with a happy (not in any pain from teething...) baby pictured on the front. It is priced at around £2.50 and available off the shelf in most supermarkets.
The gel is suitable for babies from 3 months old. It contains Lidocaine hydrochloride and Cetylpyridinium chloride. The gel is said to 'have mild antiseptic properties to help fight infection and so help care for gums and also contains a mild anaesthetic to help numb the gums'. To apply, you need to rub 7.5mm of gel onto affected area of gum up to 6 times a day.
The gel is a light brown colour and clear. It smells sweet and is quite sticky to the touch. I apply this using a clean finger and rub over my son's gum. It is not that easy to apply but this is due to my son obviously suffering with sore gums and not wanting them to be touched. Once I have managed to apply though, he seems to not mind the taste and it does calm him pretty instantly. However, the effects do not seem to last very long and I do need to reapply frequently - up to the 6 times a day limit.
I think this gel is a good remedy for teething pain, albeit a very temporary relief. It seems to work best for us when used in conjunction with other medicines such as powders and Calpol itself, but it is reassuring to know that this is applied directly to the site of pain and acts to numb his gums, even if it is only for a little while.
As my baby is currently teething I am literally trying every teething product on the market to try and provide her with some relief, one of the most well known medicine brands now does teething gel and therefore I decided as the medicines work well I would try the teething gel.
Calgel is available from all chemists, supermarkets and come other stores such as Superdrug and costs around £1.80 to £2.00 for a 10g tube.
Calgel can be used from 3 months old and comes in a pale blue box containing a pale blue tube with a white twist top cap, the logo for Calgel is on the tube with teething gel written underneath. The gel is sugar free and claims "rapid soothing relief from teething pain" The active ingredients of the gel are Lidocaine hydrochloride and Cetylpyridinium Chloride other than this there is a rather large list of other ingredients where sugar and E numbers are included.
On the rear of the tube you are provided with the directions for use, " place a small quantity of Calgel teething gel approx 1/3 of an inch onto a clean cotton wool pad or finger and rub gently onto effected area of the gum, if necessary repeat after 20 mins. I always use the gel on a clean finger and wouldn't dream of putting a cotton wool pad in anyone's mouth, you can use the gel up to six times a day. On the rear there is also the list of ingredients, the product licence holders information and warnings to see a doctor if symptoms persist or too much gel is used or accidentally swallowed. The gel is very thick and a dark yellow colour, it has a very slight smell and a taste that although isn't too strong doesn't taste very nice
Having used this gel I would have to say like most gels it can be a bit of a pain getting it into the right area, also when you have a blob on your finger and try to rub it onto a wet gum it seems that the blob often gets pushed off your finger and you have to try and chase it in little ones mouth. Once administered the gel does seem to give some relief but I would have to say that it doesn't last long enough on bad teething days for using 6 times a day to be enough. I would recommend one of the teething liquids rather than the gels although if you are going to go for a gel this is probably about the best one I have tried.
I used Calgel on my son when teething was the bane of all of our lives(!) when he was between the ages of 5 months and 24 months (although you can use the gel from 3 months onwards).
The Calgel can be bought from Boots in a 10g tube for the very reasonable price of £1.99.
The Calgel contains two active ingredients who have a duel function to treat the symptoms associated with teething. One of the ingredients is Lidocaine Hydrochloride which is a local anaesthetic which works to block the pain pathway so that the associated pain in the gums is numbed. This is a tried and tested local anaesthetic which has been used safely and effectively for many years. In addition to this, the other active ingredient in Calgel is Cetylpyridinium Chloride which is an antiseptic whose function is to attack any bacteria which may be present in the mouth and may consequently infect any broken skin / gums in the mouth.
In order to use the Calgel, you need to massage the gel into the gum with a clean finger, preferably into the area where the pain is localized. Usually you can feel or see where the sore area is because the gum may feel very hard, and / or the gum will appear very red and / or the tooth will be visible breaking through the gum. I never actually needed to use very much of this gel on my son's gums (maybe 0.5cm of the gel as it comes out of the tube) - and this seemed more than adequate to numb the pain for him.
The gel is a beige / yellow colour and it has a medical smell to it which reminds me of a dental surgery! However, luckily my son isn't as freaked out by the dental surgery as I am, and so the smell never bothered him. The taste is also not unpleasant, and despite being sugar-free, it is surprisingly sweet. My son never seemed to mind the taste at all - which certainly made applying it to his gums a lot easier!
I obviously can't tell you whether the gel stopped him feeling pain, but I can tell you that once he'd had the gel applied, he would settle considerably - especially if I kept him topped up with Paracetamol when the pain seemed at its worse. I only had to apply it every few hours (it can be applied 6 times a day) and that seemed to knock the worst of it on the head. I'm not saying he was 100% happy following the gel application, but he was certainly a lot lot better.
Overall, I would recommend this for any parent with a teething baby who wants to hold on to a little bit of their sanity!!
From the makers of Calpol, comes a fantastic product for your baby known as Calgel. Calgel is a teething gel, which offers relief to teething children from the awful pain of those little teeth breaking through the gums. Anyone who has a child will know how horrible these times are, not much fun for the child, nor fun for us parents. I myself have two children and at the time my oldest was teething it was only Bonjella gel that was available to buy . However when my youngest started teething Calpol had not long brought out their excellent product so I thought id give it a try.
I found that this worked really well on my youngest daughter when she was teething. We all know what its like when you got toothache so we can sympathsics with your young ones when they are cutting teeth. However it is trying times when they are unhappy and screaming there head off, so in my opinion anything to try and make them feel better and sort out their pain relief is worth a try. Happy child, very happy parents:o) I used to keep the tube of gel in the fridge to give mt daughter that extra numbness on her sensitive gums. I must admit I am using this at the moment for my wisdom teeth coming through at the age of 23 and still not having them I do wish they would hurry up, a small amount of gel on gum and within a few minutes it goes numb and eases the pain.
Calgel is suitable for babies from 3 months upwards, and as well as being a pain reliever, it also has antiseptic properties, to help ward off any infections your child may pick up from putting things in his or her mouth. The recommended dosage is 7.5mm spread over the gums, and not to be reapplied within 20 minutes.
You can buy this product in many major supermarkets and chemists. I have found that the price does vary right enough and you can find it from £1.99 up to £2.99. I know this does seem quite expensive but the product does last quite a long time so it is worth it. I would rate this product five out of five and would also defiantly recommend it to anyone with a teething baby, child, or like myself if you have wisdom teeth coming through.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope that it is of some use to you. Thanks again.
When my babies were teething. I found it to be very traumatic. I felt so helpless as they were screaming in pain. But thankfully, due to calgel, I was able to make their teething experience as pain free as possible.
There is nothing worse than toothache, so imagine how a baby feels having to cope with this pain without being able to tell you about their discomfort. The key signs are intense dribbling, redness of gums and a temperature. This accompanied with grumpy and fretful makes for one unhappy baby. I found this time of my baby's life particularly stressful. I hated the fact that my baby was in discomfort and I was very keen to find something that would help.
Calgel is from the same brand as calpol. It offers an excellent and effective pain relief for gum pain. Just a small pea size amount rubbed into the gum is enough to ease the discomfort. It works almost immediately so there is no waiting around for the medicine to take effect.
The gel is clear in appearance and tastes quite pleasant. The only trouble I found was that baby loved the taste and would try and lick the flavour off the gum making it ineffective. However, I did notice that the gel was very effective in settling baby and easing the discomfort. I also noticed that the redness around the gum area subsided quite dramatically.
I was not very impressed by the length of time that the gel lasted. It sometimes settled baby enough to go to sleep. However on occasion when teething was particularly painful, I found it took the edge off for only a short while before baby became cross again.
This gel is only suitable for babies over three months. The box gel is easy to use and the instruction leaflet inside the packaging is very thorough, giving detailed instructions on dosage and application.
I was always happy to use this on my babies. I found that the gel was so quick in effect. That it would help to calm baby. I also found the fact that it helps to prevent infection very comforting. However, It is not a long lasting pain reliever. But saying that it may just be whats needed to help your baby off to sleep. I often found that this was the case with my babies.
This calgel can be bought from supermarkets and chemists. It is rather inexpensive, around £3 for a tube. Which I think is excellent value for money in my opinion. I would certainly recommend this gel to anyone who has a baby with tooth pain. I would also state that I have used this gel when suffering with toothache myself and found it was pretty effective in relieving my tooth pain. It certainly took the edge off.
The best thing about this gel is it can be stored very easily. It is not big and heavy. It is infact a tiny 10g tube. I found that I could easily carry this in my bag when baby was teething as it was so small and this helped enormously when out with baby. Another positive regarding this gel is that it is not a trauma for parents. Trying to give a baby medicine can be quite a struggle. But this gel is easy to rub onto the gum without any stress or undue upset for baby.
From the makers of Calpol, comes another brilliant product for your baby, Calgel.
Calgel is a teething gel, which offers relief to teething children from the awful pain of those little teeth breaking through the gums. Anyone who has a child will know how horrible these times are, and I have seen my 9 month old niece suffer through 6 teeth already, and soon to have even more (she sure knows how to use them too!) My sister used Calpol to help my niece ease her pain, but we have since found and used something even better.
Calgel is suitable for babies from 3 months upwards, and as well as being a pain reliever, it also has antiseptic properties, to help ward off any infections your child may pick up from putting things in his or her mouth. The recommended doseage is 7.5mm (not sure if anyone really measures that exactly!) spread over the gums, and not to be reapplied within 20 minutes.
My sister and me found this to work exceedingly well, and even when my niece was screaming in pain with her teething, a small amount of this rubbed on her gums calmed her right down and she happily carried on being her usual self. The relief seemed to last hours, and she slept pretty well despite her teeth coming through. My sister was so impressed with how quickly this worked, and how well. She always keeps a tube of it handy now.
I must admit I have actually used this gel on my own teeth and gums, as I was having a lot of pain with my wisdom teeth when they started coming through, and no wonder my niece felt better, this stuff really does work very well and very quickly!! I would use this anytime I had teeth pain! It also has a nice, fresh taste to it, which does have its downsides, my niece now tries to eat it when we put it on her gums!!
If you have kids (or sprouting wisdom teeth!) I recommend you go out now and grab a load of Calgel, it really is amazing stuff and you will be so thankful you bought it. You can buy this in Boots, Superdrug, Pharmacies and in Some Major Supermarkets. Prices seem to vary quite a lot but it usually costs around £2 - £3 and it does last a long time too, so it is very good value for money, although it works that well, I am sure most parents would pay a heck of a lot more for it just for the peace and quiet it brings!
When my daughter was teething, at first she didn't make a whole lot of fuss but once the teeth came through, she was having a hell of a time with them. It seemed that everytime she cut a tooth, she also caught broncholitis so I thought that as there is nothing that I can do for broncholitis, the best thing that I can do is make sure that that is the only thing bothering her without the pain of teething on top.
I purchaced a whole array of teething gels, powders and medicines in the hope that maybe one would soothe her, Calgel was one of them as already I was familiar with other items in the ''Calpol'' range and swear by them as they always seem to do the job speedily and effectively. I picked it up at my local corner shop for around £3.50 but I know that it can be bought in local chemists and stores for around £2.00 - £2.50 for a 10g tube.
The box itself is rather bold and fits well with the rest of the Calpol range with its trademark purple background, white product name and pink cirle behind the writing - not forgetting the adorable baby pictured on the front! The tube is in the shape of a squeezy toothpaste tibe with a screw top lid with a ''point'' in the middle for piercing the foil to open the product. The colours mirror the colours and design on the box and comes complete with a set of usage instructions.
The Gel itself is the same colour as the Calpol medicine, strawberry pink and I assumed that was the flavour but, when I tasted it (as I do with anything that I put in my daughters mouth - if i won't eat it, I can't expect her to!) it was not a very strong flavour, more of a mild strawberry/bonjella taste, smooth in texture and not too sticky. The taste comes from the Lidocaine Hydrochloride (Antibacterial) and Cetylpyridinium Chloride (Anticeptic) but I still think that it could taste more chemical like which shows that the brand don't just make a product, tehy make sure that it is something that children will want and in my opinion this proves that they care about what they sell. I found the best way to apply this was straight onto the gums or if the child is suffering badly from pain, I found putting the gel in the freezer and letting her play with the tube, squirting some inside her mouth (obviously under close supervision to make sure that she didn't have too much) and rolling it around with her tongue.
When I used this product, to be honest, I didn't find it worked as good as some of the other brands of teething gels and aids that I have used. It didn't seem to offer the comfort, relief and satisfaction that I was expecting from this as it has a lot to live upto regarding the other products in this range but this is just down to my own personal experience and opinion. As everyone knows, every baby is different and various products work in different ways so even though it didn't work for me, I would still highly recommend it to others as a valuable teething relief.
Calgel can be applied upto 6 times a day for a child NOT under 3 months.
My daughter didn't make a massive amount of fuss when she was teething but you could see her gums hurt her and she would occassionally cry with them. They were boiling hot to touch and I felt awful for her so went on the hunt for something that would ease the pain and discomfort for her.
Out of all the teething gels I decided to go for Calpol since I use Calpol as a medicine for temperatures and it always seems to work. I felt that this would be reliable. It cost £2.19 for a 10ml tube but can be found cheaper if you go to Sainsbury's when they are having one of their baby offers running. It usually has around a third off when this offer is running.
It comes in a little purple tube sized box and looks very similar to the box for Calpol itself. When you get it out of the box there is a little set of instructions and the tube itself which is like a minature tube of toothpaste.
You have th pierce the silver foil which covers the hole in the tube after unscrewing the cap. There is a little pointy bit in the top of the cap which you can use to do this which is quite handy if you are out and about and have had to buy this. Once you start squeezing the gel, you will see that it is clear in colour. Unfortunately, this does not have the same strawberry like taste that the Calpol medicine has. It is slightly reminscent of Bonjela though not as strong. I think the reason it is not flavoured like the medicine is because it is an anaesthetic and antiseptic in one. It contains lidocaine hydrochloride and cetylpyridinium chloride, the first being the antibacterial part and the latter being the anaesthetic part. It is nice to know that whilst this gel is numbing your little one's gums, it is also fighting any nasty bacteria that is in the mouth and stopping it spreading.
You only need a pea sized amount to put on your child's gums. And please remember that this is not suitable for children under 3 months of age so do not apply to a child less than 3 months. I don't know what would happen but it is best not to take a chance. I massaged this into my daughter's gums (after washing my own hands) and it was almost like she had instant relief. I got her to open her mouth and her gums were definately less inflamed and not as hot to touch. It lasted for a few hours before she started touching her gums again.
This gel definately works and it relieved my daughter of pain and discomfort. I would definately recommend it to parents of children who are teething, just to give your child that few hours of relief. I think it is fairly priced for what it does and I was very pleased with the results.
Every Mum and Dad knows that when their child is teething, chances are no one in the house is going to get any peace! When a child teeths, however, it's not only painful for the parent's ears, but obviously also the baby, and that's where Calgel comes into play in my house.
I've used Calpol brand products for years, and Calgel is the Calpol versio of teething gel, specially designed to reduce the pain in babies gums when their teeth are cutting through and act as a mild antiseptic.
Depending on whether you get this for your child on prescription or over the counter, the most a tube of this will cost you is £2 for a tube weighing 10g, so ti's en inexpensive way to treat teething pains.
To use, you just rub a tiny bit of the gel onto your child's gums (you can normally tell where the tooth is coming through, with my kids the area around the growing teeth was redder and more inflamed than the rest of their gums). The taste is very much like Bonjella, that of a minty flavour, but this thick sticky gel is not overpowering at all. Putting the gel on the gums creates a protective barrier and the ingredients in the gel numb the area where it's applied, reducing pain, a bit like a local anaesthetic.
The gel works really quickly to numb the pain of teething, and with my kids I always found that they settled down from their teething crying fits in about 5 minutes after putting it on their gums using my little finger.
Because you can use this on children from 3 months and older (best to check with your doctor and midwife first to make sure it's nothing more serious than teething though) Calgel is a very valuable product to have in the house and can be applied up to 6 times a day. I've found it so handy over the years when my two were teething, and it's also handy for if I have any mouth ulcers, even if it's not designed for that! A great little product.