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My daughter has been teething since about 4 months old,she is not 8 months and still no sign of a tooth so things must be running quite slowly for her, but she's definitely had some pain dealing with them!.
At first we tried homeopathic teething crystals and they did nothing at all except make my daughter angry when we tried to get them in her mouth while she was already fussing with pain she spat most of it out and it never helped.
Secondly we started using cakgel, it worked great but was a bit pricey. And then we spotted dentinox in poundland of all places.I was a little worried if it would work or not as it was from a poundshop, but I needn't be worried at all, it worked a great andnmy daughter didn't pull a face at it one bit.
It's a mild anaesthetic cream,similar to bonjela, and used the same way. You just pop a little onto the finger and massage onto the gums, it can be used again after 20 mins if a little more relief is required. Be careful how much you use in 24 hours as it can be overdosed on even though it seems harmless, so always read the instructions on the packaging.
This is now anstaple item in our house and we have never needed to give our daughter calpol for her teeth, the gel is sufficient and calms her down quite quickly! Would recommend it to all parents with teething children.
My son was teething for what seemed like forever and, as most parents will testify, it is not a pleasant period for anyone involved! We had countless sleepless nights, temperatures and grumpy, grizzly days. Therefore, we tried all manner of medicines and remedies to try and reduce his pain and ease him through this period. One of the things that we tried was a teething gel and this one from Dentinox was our first choice, being from a brand that we were familiar with.
The gel comes in a 15g tube and currently costs £1.43 in Boots. The tube is a metallic squeezy tube like a mini toothpaste tube. It comes within a cardboard box which has a picture of a mother and (happy!) baby on it. To pierce the tube for first use you need to use the white screw lid, which has a pointy bit for this purpose on the top. The gel itself is clear and colourless but has a slight scent to it - a medicinal, almost aniseed scent is how I would describe this. It feels cool and slightly sticky to the touch. It is said to be 'pleasant tasting' but is sugar free so kind to teeth that are emerging. I have never tasted it personally but my son certainly never seemed to mind the taste. It is suitable for use from birth and acts to numb the gum and reduce the pain where teeth are cutting. It also helps to keep any infection at bay.
To apply, I would use my little finger (obviously making sure that it was washed thoroughly before hand). This was fine whilst I had a very gummy baby but once more and more teeth came through, it was a little more dicey! It was fairly easy to apply to the gums but I was never sure how long it stayed on the gums to take effect. I would rub in as much as I could and it certainly seemed to calm my son - but any pressure on a sore gum would do this. I found that the gel would calm him for up to an hour at a time but it certainly didn't have any long term effect. As the gel can numb the gum, it was best to apply after a feed - which meant that it did nothing to help the irritable feeds we would sometimes experience when the bottle/breast would rub on the sore gum.
Overall, I think we found better solutions to our teething issues - powders were particularly successful for us - but it was always handy to have a tube of this in the house for a bit of quick relief. It did work pretty quickly to calm my son if nothing else, so was pretty useful in the middle of those teething nights!
There are so many teething remedy products on the market and i'm sure since have my two girls that i have tried a fair few of them, most of them work a little but aren't fantastic and i would put Dentinox in this category.
I bought my tube of Dentinox from a large boots store in the childrens section along with all the other teething and colic remedies. It cost me £1.79 which is pretty cheap for a teething gel if you consider that nelsons teething granules can cost almost £4! So i was pretty impressed with the price although it left my expectation for the product pretty low but i figured for that price that it was worth a try.
Dentinox teething gel is widely available from both supermarkets and pharmacies as well as online. Like with most products prices will vary from place to place.
Dentinox are a well known brand that make products for babies, generally ones that help relieve minor complaints eg teething and cradle cap.
The teething gel comes in a card box with the Dentinox logo and a photo of a mother and baby. The words 'teething gel' are large making it obvious what you are buying. Inside the box is a metallic 15g tub of the teething gel with a white plastic lid and a set of instructions.
The instruction leaflet is easy to follow and contains how to use the product, the ingredients and a list of precautions to take. Its set out well and is easy to understand.
Using the product is easy; you unscrew the cap and gently squeeze a small amount of the gel onto your finger before rubbing it on your baby's gums where its sore. You only need to squeeze a small amount or you'll end up with gel everywhere.
The gel contains Lidocaine which is a mild local anesthetic so when rubbed on baby's gums it should help to numb them. Personally because its a gel i found that my daughter would quickly lick it off her gums before the product had chance to absorb into her gums and work properly. Also the gel tends to melt on your finger making it difficult to actually get it into your baby's mouth in the first place.
The gel has a slightly minty smell and flavour which my daughter seemed to like seeing as she ate it!
One good thing about this gel is that it can be used as often as necessary so if it does work for your baby you can use it as you need to.
Ingredients- Sorbitol Solution 70% (Non-Crystallising), Xylitol, 9.4% Ethanol, Glycerol, Hydroxyethylcellose Polyoxyl 40 Hydrogenated Caster Oils, Pharmaceutical Liquid Flavour, Hydroxypolyethoxydodecane, Macrogol 300, Sodium Saccharin, Caramel (E150), Levomenthol and Purified Water
Active ingredients- Lidocaine Hydrochloride ,Cetylpyridinium Chloride
Its suitable to be used from birth.
You have to be 16 to buy the product because it contains anesthetic.
Overall its not the product for my daughter. It may work great for your baby if you can get them not to eat it but seeing as my daughter does it has no affect on her at all. I much prefer liquid than gel products.
I have used this product on both of my children when they were younger. Especially with my first child, I had no idea excatly what to give him when he started teething, and didnt feel that comfortable always reaching for Calpol to ease his pain, which I didnt ( only when very bad ), and thought this would be a great help that could work in conjunction with other medicinal products if and when needed.
What is Dentinox?
Dentinox is a gel that relieves pain and soothes gums in babies from birth onwards. Although some children dont suffer much pain or discomfort when new teeth cut through, alot do and it can be quite distressing and uncomfortable, not just for the baby but parent as well. Dentinox helps to numb pain and eliminate infection. Its sugar free and minty mild in taste.
How is it packaged?
It comes in a 15g tube with a screw top lid. White in colour with all writing in green.All instructions and details are on the tube and easily readable ( which is great when you have thrown away the box! )and it has the expiry date right at the end. All you need to do is gently sqeeze out the gel to use and then pop scew cap back on.
I find you use very little of this, so this size is perfect. I would always throw this into my baby changing bag just in case.
How do you apply it?
You can either use a clean fingertip or cotton wool pad, place a small amount of the gel on either and gentle rub onto baby's gums. Can be repeated after 20 minutes if needed.
So what do I think of this product?
Mixed results really. Not questioning the product at all but the application has been alittle tricky. With my son I managed to put it onto his gums no problem.He did have a habit of as soon as I put it onto his gums he would try and suck it off, but I always made sure if that was the case I would reapply. He didnt mind the taste at all. It does have a minty taste but its not strong, and the fact that it has a soothing and calming action ( I have tried it myself ) really helps.
On my daughter this was less effective because she was very funny about putting things in her mouth. But when I managed to apply it it seemed to work well. For both of my children it didnt necessarily stop all pain altogether just like that, it more eased it and made it much more managable for them.
Would I buy this again?
I dont need this product anymore to be honest.My daughter pretty much has all but maybe one of her teeth completely in, and the one left shes dealing with just fine. If I did have a child dealing with teething I would buy just in case, but would be prepared that I might have to give the child more time to get used to the application than I originally would have thought.
This product is readily available and costs around £1.34 ( Asda ) which is very cheap and cheaper than other similar products by different brands.
Dentinox, the perfect accessory for children going through teething. This has been bought multiple times by myself for my daughter, it's especially effective when my daughter struggled to sleep at night, a quick pea sized dollop of Denitnox on her dummy and she generally went straight down to sleep. It's fast acting, cheap and by the looks of things even tastes nice if my daughter's expression is anything to go by.
Like Calgel it comes in a small toothpaste like tube, almost like travel toothpaste. It's easy enough to apply the gel to either your finger if you wish to do it manually, or if using a dummy again it's very simple to put a pea sized amount on the teat. One word of warning, that dollop doesn't stick very well to the dummy teat, it may slide of so make sure you keep it upright before placing in your child's mouth. Also make sure you work your way from the bottom of the tube, the metallic make up of said tube means that if you start from the top it becomes increasingly difficult to push out the dregs lying at the bottom, as let's face it there will be days when you're on your last one and your child is screaming in pain wanting some gel.
The gel works via the Lidocaine inside it, which acts as a local anaesthetic numbing your child's gums for a short period of time giving them the rest-bite they desire. The other main ingredient is Cetylpyridinium chloride which is an antiseptic and will stop your child's gums from getting infected and further inflamed, so basically killing two birds with one stone. For those who worry about the daily sugar intake of your child, Dentinox is sugar free so one less worry.
Due to how fast it acts and the generally small amount of lidocaine and chloride you can re-apply every twenty minutes if your child's teething issues persist. Naturally if it's a case of you constantly topping your child up every twenty minutes there will come a point where you may need to think of taking them to the doctor or gp if the pain doesn't subside.
Another bonus is that it very rarely creates any side-effects, so no drowsiness or generally feeling or looking ill for your child. Again this will vary from child to child but as general rule it has little to no effect.
How long it will last depends entirely on the severity of the pain. If it's a bad week it can disappear in a few days, but generally it will last a little while longer. For only £2 odd (sometimes as low as £0.85p) though you can always top up your supplies of Dentinox, something I would highly recommend as it's a great product, perfect for those new teeth coming through and the pain that comes with it.
My son suffers a lot when teething. Some babies can breeze through it with no problems, but we have sleepless nights, and bouts of screaming all through the day.
I had used many other teething gels, and had previously found Bonjela to be the most affective. Then one time, my mum picked up some Dentinox for me by mistake, and I've never gone back.
A small amount applied to the sore area is all it takes. My son loves the taste, so is happy for me to give it to him, unlike others, which he has fought to get away when it is being applied! It works straight away, and instantly calms him down. I often see him smacking his lips together for quite some time afterwards too, so the taste must hang around for a while. It lasts quite a long time too. The tube says you can reapply after 20 minutes if necessary, but we have found it can last at least an hour before needing to reapply.
It costs £1.34 in Tesco for a 15g tube.
My little boy got through the first stage of teething relatively well and relatively painlessly. We had probably one or two nights when he woke up in pain and took ages to rock back to sleep again thank goodness but now he is getting his big teeth in the back of his mouth, his big molars and they are causing him a bit more distress. I like this Dentinox teething gel and I think it works really well so I use it in conjunction with Calpol to really try and take his pain away but for anyone who has ever tried to apply gel to the teeth of a screaming little boy will know its very hard and turns into quite a wrestling match even though it makes him feel better after I have applied it.
Dentinox comes in a similar type packaging to their other products so do make sure that you get the right one, that could be a very horrible tasting mistake if you give your baby something else like the cradle cap shampoo!! The gel comes in a small tube with a little screw top cap at the top. The substance is definitely a gel but not like a gel toothpaste as it is a bit more runny than that. It's very easy to use. I basically squeeze a small amount to my finger and then attempt to rub it onto my little boys gums. He is usually crying at this point because he does not like me to do it and the last thing he probably wants is someone touching his gums but I do manage to get some on when his mouth is open and I think any little bit really helps. It says on the box that Dentinox Teething Gel has a local anaesthetic action that acts quickly to relieve pain and soothe the gums. As soon as I start to rub it on it gets quite liquidy and you can rub it on easily. I think because its gel based though it stays on his gums for a little while to at least work to numb them and take the pain away a bit.
Dentinox say this is a pleasant tasting gel. Well, by the look on my little boys face when I first add it to his mouth he doesn't seem to think it's that nice tasting but once I have applied it you can then see him tasting it in his mouth and he then I think gets used to the taste and is ok with it after that. The nice thing is that I can see this gel really works for him. Before I apply it he really bites his fingers to take the pain away but after a few minutes of using this gel he stops doing that and seems ok for a while. I find the gel wears off after a few hours and you do need to reapply fairly frequently but it as his teeth do not hurt the whole day then I find the gel works really well.
The gel is sugar free and you can use it from birth although in my experience teeth really only start to come through after a few months. A tube does last me quite a long while in between teething days/weeks and so £1.61 for a 15g tube is very reasonable in my opinion.
I have used a number of products for teething, and this is one of the first things I used. My mum brought it round for me after I had said my son was teething, and I have bought it again since. You can buy this from Supermarkets, Boots, Mothercare etc, for around £1.50-£2.00.
This is a type of gel which you give to babies who are teething. It comes in a squeezy tube, with a lid on it. All you do with this teething gel is apply it to a clean finger, and rub it gently onto your babies gums. This is easier said than done with my son! He knows as soon as I put it on my finger it is going in his mouth, he is 9 months old now, and has 4 teeth. He sucks it all off my finger before I can get anywhere near his gums! He just won't move his tongue out of the way! When I do get to the gum, I cannot rub it in, only sweep it on briefly, he just wants to eat it! I always worry about numbing his tongue!
My son seems to love the taste of this teething gel and it briefly stops him crying whilst I try applying it. It does settle him but not completely, and it doesn't last for long either. Only about 5 minutes and he is in obvious pain again. You can apply this every 20 minutes.
This gel is a nice smooth gel, which is brown and not too sticky on your hands. When I do get to put it on the gum, it doesn't feel like it goes very far, I seem to have to keep putting another blob of it on my finger to put more on his gums, it doesn't feel like it spreads.
This is difficult to apply for my son because he is desperate to eat it off my finger and it is hard work getting it onto his gums, so I use this now as a last resort, as other teething products such as teething granules or calpol, are much easier to administer to him! However, it is cheap, a small and compact tube, which you can carry around in your bag, and at least it doesn't taste horrible for your baby! My son absolutely loves it, and if I can get it on his gums, it does work for a short while. I would definitely give it a go if you are after a teething gel, and would recommend it, but I think there are easier things to use out there for me and my little man!
My boy began teething symptoms at 3 months- the dribbles, rosy cheeks, knawing on anything and everything and crying, oh the crying. It was on and off teething and it was another 3/4 months before the first tooth cut.
I was staying at my Mums when he was around 3.5 months, we'd run out of Calpol. We tried offering him cold teething rings but as usual he refused so she popped to the shop coming back with Calpol and a teething gel- I believe it was baby bonjela. Unfortunatly this teething gel was rejected, tyler pulled a face as if he'd never tasted anything more disgusting in his life and proceeded to cry. The Calpol did the trick but 2 hours later he wasnt happy and all I could offer was a cuddle! Later on on his way back from work my step Dad (after a call from my Mum) brang a different brand of teething gel- Dentinox. Well this was a different story, no tears at all. I found out that week that we didn't always need calpol if we used dentinox on his gums.
I've since used it through all his teething episodes although with the really bad ones I've used what I refer to as the "triple threat" (I'm a sad human being, I know!) this is the Dentinox gel, Calpol and a teething powder which I think is called Ashton and Parsons.
Being 20 months he's got most of his teeth now but I still have a trusty tube of Dentinox in the cupboard for when the back molars make an appearance- unfortunatly being the age he is its a bit harder to apply. Not only does he have a fondness for biting fingers (hard) that dare probe his mouth he also is rather fond of Dentinox and tries to suck it off my finger before I reach the target!
Dentinox comes in a white, rectangular cardboard box, its quite plain compared to some baby products. The Dentinox logo is quite visible in the left hand corner and theres a picture of baby and Mum on the right side. Inside the cardboard box is the actual Dentinox gel which comes in a tube with a white screw off lid. The tube is white with green writing, it has Dentinox on it along with ingredients and directions for use. It also has an expiry date- the tube I'm holding right now says Feb 2015 and I got it about 6 months ago so it's got a great shelf life!
The gel itself is a browny,goldish colour and slightly see through. It doesnt have a strong smell unless you were to hold it right up to your nose. For research purposes I did this and I smell what can only be described as a medicine type smell. It doesn't smell like it would taste pleasant, luckily my boy disagrees!
Intrestingly it isn't just for babies- last week our friend Phil was staying at ours, Phil was complaining of toothache, we didnt have any painkillers in the house and our shopping delivery wasnt due until the next afternoon so out of ideas I offered him a half used tube of Tylers teething gel! As anyone who's had extreme toothache knows you'll try just about anything! Although it didn't completly extinguish his pain he said it turned what was agony into a dull thud so it did work. So next time you're battling toothache give some of your baby's teething gel a try!
Dentinox teething gel is pretty widely available in chemists and super markets. It's currently selling for £1.34 in Sainsburys, Asda and Tesco or you can pick it up for a slightly more expensive £1.79 in Boots. Considering how well it works and how long it lasts I think its great value.
My little ones were about 4 months old when I first started noticing crying accompanied by slight reddening of one or both cheeks. This made me start to think about what I could give them to help with their suffering. A friend said she had used Dentinox teething gel on her little girl so I next time I was out I bought some from our local chemist and gave it a try.
Dentinox teething gel comes in a screw top 15g tube and is in a box to protect the tube from damage. All the information you need is written on both the tube and the box so there is no need for a separate patient information leaflet. You are advised of it's purpose 'Relieves pain and soothes gums' that it is suitable from birth onwards. I am always careful to check that anything I give to my little ones is suitable for their age group.
On the end of the box and the tube is the expiry date of the product, on the tube I bought at the beginning of the year the date is Dec 2013 so a lengthy amount of time.
You are also informed of the product's ingredients including a breakdown of the active ingredients, useful if they mean anything to you. Luckily my little ones have no known allergies so I don't have to check if a product contains a particular ingredient, I was pleased to see that the product was sugar free.
Most importantly for me you are given directions as to how to use the teething gel.
How to use it?
To open the tube you need to unscrew the cap and use the point on the outside of it to pierce the foil seal, you can then squeeze out a small amount of gel. The instructions advise you can use your fingertip or cotton wool. I wouldn't like cotton wool in my mouth so didn't even consider applying it this way! I found that the gel was much easier to apply if I rubbed it between my finger and thumb first, if I didn't it just slipped off of the gums which wasn't going to do anything.
How does it work?
Teething gels work by numbing the area the gel is applied therefore offering pain relief to baby. You are able to apply again after 20 minutes.
Price and Availability
This teething gel is widely available from chemists and supermarkets. I bought my last tube from Tesco and it currently costs £1.34 which I think is good value for money.
Would I recommend?
Yes, although I have had limited success with this teething gel as it gets harder to apply to the right areas as the number of teeth through increases. I have been bitten a few times but normally they are happy to let me put the teething gel on if they are suffering.
As it only works for a short amount of time I tend to use something stronger at bedtime but I always keep this in my changing bag in case I need it.
My little boy started teething at around 3 months old but he never got any teeth until around 10 months. During these months on and off we had days where our son was inconsolable with the pain from his teeth and so we hunted around to find something that would ease the pain. Eventually we found Dentinox teething gel, we had heard that it was good from friends and also had heard of the company and so trusted it.
The tube is a decent size and as you only need a small blob it does last a while, however we paid £3.19 which I thought was a bit extortionate!
Its simple to use, put a blob on to your finger (make sure you wash your hands first) and then rub it into your babies gums. My son didn't seem to keen on the taste as he pulled a face. It does smell of aniseed so I can imagine it's not the best taste for a little baby who is only used to milk!
It works as my little boy would normally calm down for a while after we had applied it, however it doesn't last that long, maybe only 20-30 minutes. However it is good to have in your bag so that it nothing else works then you can resort to this to give your baby a bit of relieve for a while.
I also have to admit I tried it on my own gums when my wisdom teeth were coming through and it worked for me too!
Our daughter started teething at around 4 months old, now at 9 months old she still has no teeth and teething like crazy at moment. There are lots of teething products on the market and i spent a little while looking at the various remedies, settling on Dentinox teething gel.
I liked this product because you are able to put the gel on every 20 minutes if need be, not that i have ever done so but i thought it would be nice to have the choice as i did not know how bad it might get. This teething gel is not flavoured or sweetened which is good as i didn't want my daughter to be addicted to a sweet taste of it.
I got a 15g tube for about £1.90, it is available in supermarkets, boots, chemists etc.
Obviously depending on how often you use it i have found a tube can last quite a while, you only need to use a small amount at a time and rub onto baby's gums. It does seem to work fairly instantly as must give a slight numbing relief from the pain, as it's in a gel form it is sometimes hard to rub into gums as is in one blob. Also our daughter came to know what this was for and would willingly lay with her mouth wide open awaiting some as we took the top off the tube but as she was so eager she would often suck it off our finger so not sure in the end how much made it onto her gums and how much of it she swallowed straight down.
This teething gel does give some relief from the pain but it is not overly long lasting and will not completely make them better, it is very handy to have though to enable you to give your baby something to try and help with teething.
My five and a half month old daughter is suffering terribly with teething at the moment, and we are still awaiting that first tooth that seems to take an age to appear! Some days are better than others, but today was one of the bad days, with me trying everything to soothe her pain. I had previously wrote reviews on Nelson's Teetha granules and calpol and at some stage today they were both administered to my daughter. She is also not drinking her bottles well at the moment, which I can only presume is linked the soreness of the gums and so I wanted something that I could put on her gums before giving her the bottle to help her enjoy it. This is where Dentinox teething gel became very useful.
I had previously used and bought Bonjela teething gel, however after visiting the doctor worried my daughter had an ear infection, and in fact her ear pulling and arm rash etc was all down to teeth - I was advised not to give bonjela to her as it contains aspirin which shouldn't be given under the age of 2. I immediately stopped using the bonjela, but I didn't think there would be anything else like this on the market to use. However, a friend suggested trying Dentinox teething gel, which costs around the £1.50 mark in Tesco for a 15g tube. To be honest I never knew that the brand of Dentinox produced teething gel. I had used them for the relief of wind when my daughter was small.
This teething gel is suitable from birth, however it is unlikely you would be using it at that stage. It states on the box, that this is sugar free, and should be used for the effective relief of teething pain as it contains a anaesthetic that acts quickly to reduce the pain and soothe the gums.
To apply this product you can either use your finger or cotton wool, I use the former. You only need a little bit of the brownish tinged gel and it comes out of the tube very easily. Although it is sugar free, my daughter certainly seem to mind taking it, in fact, I have to put in a finger with no gel on first, to get her to lick that, as otherwise she will lick the gel off my finger before it ever reaches her gum. Usually this way I can distract whilst getting in onto the right place. You can reapply this product after 20 minutes when necessary, so it is not something that is going to last a long time.
As I said, I have been using this product before giving my daughter her bottle when she is particularly fussy with what I presume is sore gums. I find for the most part it does help with her drinking the bottle, and she seems to get some relief, however I wouldn't say that it necessarily eradicates all the pain, as she still stops and starts at her bottle as if it is uncomfortable.
All in all, I don't think this is a product you could use alone when a baby is teething, as it certainly wouldn't erase the real sore pain that can come with teething, however for use to help baby with drinking bottle which is rubbing against sore gums, it is useful and definitely something that should be kept handy when you have a teething baby.
Unfortunately for my daughter she suffered quite badly before her first teeth came through. She was constantly gnawing away at her hand which left her poor hand looking red, as well as putting everything possible in her mouth, her clothes were also contantly soaking because of the endless stream of dribble. It was obvious she was in discomfort. She started teething slightly before 3 months. When I went to look for something to help her in Tesco a lot of items on the shelf were 3 months and over. I noticed while I was browsing that Dentinox was suitable from birth so I decided to give this a go.
A tube of Dentinox costs around £2 and contains 15ml of gel.
Dentinox comes in a metal tube.
The instructions state that the gel will help numb pain and eliminate infection. The gel also describes itself as plesant tasting.
The active ingredients in the gel are; Cetylpyridinium chloride, this is a mild antiseptic that will help kill bacteria that can cause infection in the mouth and Lidocaine hydrochloride, which is a local anasthetic which helps to numb pain temporarily.
To use the gel you are advised to rub a little onto baby's gums using a clean finger or some cotton wool. You can repeat the application after 20 minutes and you can make 6 applications in a 24 hour period.
I was suprised when I put a blob on my finger to see that the gel was brown in colour. The gel had a different consistency than what I was expecting. In the past when I have used Bonjela on my nephew I found that it was rather difficult to get the gel to spread on the gums and a blob ended up coming back out of his mouth. However with Dentinox it spread really easily across my daughters gums. She didn't pull any faces when I gave it to her and when I tasted it myself I was plesantly suprised it is really sweet and it didn't taste medicinal.
After using this I could see that my daughter felt instant relief as for a time she stopped gnawing away at her hand and the tears stopped. However this was short lived and she was gnawing away at her hand and crying out within a few minutes.
I would give this 3 out of 5 stars as I think it is a little mild for severe teething pains and compared to Ambesol this wasn't as good.
My little girl is 21 months old and she teethed very early - around two months old. We think this was due to steroids I was given in pregnancy to mature her lungs (she was premature) as this is a side effect, but who knows?
Anyway, we knew she was teething as she was dribbling non stop and putting anything and everything into her mouth (including the poor cat's tail). So off we went to Boots to see what we could find. Unfortunately Bonjela was suitable from three months plus, and this was our first choice as it is instantly what one considers when you get an ulcer or sore mouth. Then we spotted Dentinox, suitable from birth.
The gel comes in a white box with the green Dentinox logo and a picture of mum and baby. It was priced at a reasonable £1.53 at Boots, for a 15g tube, and I believe this is about the same price it retails at at supermarkets. At Boots you get double points on baby buys, so it was a bargain really. The active ingredient in the gel is Lidocaine Hydrochloride 0.33% w/w and cetylpyridinium chloride 0.10% w/w.
The gel comes in a metal tube and the seal must be punctured with the reverse of the cap, which is great as you know then that it hasn't been tampered with. The downside is the fact that the tube is metal - I'm not a big fan of metal tubes as they tend to split and/or nick, which leaves sharp edges - not ideal for babies who get their hands on everything! It also means that the gel can leak out, which means you end up with a messy, sticky tube which is gross.
The gel itself is a brown colour, quite thick and sticky as you'd expect really. The instructions advise that it can be applied with a clean finger or cotton wool. I've always used my finger, as I find cotton wool fleeces easily and you can feel much better with a finger, so you know how much has been put on and absorbed etc. It also means that you can have a sneaky feel of any developing teeth easily whilst applying it!
The effects are instant - my daughter calms immediately when it's applied and even puts it on herself now lol. It tastes nice (I've tried it!) and is much nicer tasting than Bonjela! It does have a slightly cool taste as you'd expect due to the anaesthetic, but it isn't too cool and it isn't minty at all. It's quite a sweet, pleasant taste. My daughter certainly loves it!
You can apply the gel every 20 minutes up to 6 times a day. However I have found that one or two applications is more than enough to keep her happy. At night I usually only put it on once at bedtime and she's fine all night!
Now that she's 21 months, we have tried Bonjela but it just doesn't work well at all, and she doesn't like the taste. Dentinox seems to work the best, very quickly and very well!
Aside from the fact it comes in a metal tube, I really can't fault it! It tastes nice, it's cheap, it works amazingly and easy to use! 5 stars from me!
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