Product Type: Calgel baby products
Newest Review: ... properties and helps ward off infections in the broken skin of the gums. **Packaging** Calgel is presented on the shelves in a ligh... more
Good Enough....For now.
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Advantages: Widely available, Does offer some relief at times, Easy to use
Disadvantages: Doesn't stay in place very well, Not great on really bad flare ups
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.
Thanks for reading my review.
Summary: Teething Gel from Calgel. Not great but good enough... for now...