Product Type: Dentinox baby products
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Dentinox Teething Gel
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Dentinox Teething Gel
Advantages: Eases teething pain, suitable from birth
Disadvantages: Tastes odd
I decided it was time to invest in a little teething gel but because he was so young when the teething started he was unable to use a lot of the major brands, I needed a gel that was suitable from birth and Dentinox fit the bill perfectly. Dentinox teething gel has a local anaesthetic action that quickly relieves the pain and soothes sore gums, it comes in tubes of 15g and while this may not seem like a lot I must say I've never completed a tube of teething gel with either of my previous children so am confident this will last. Applying the gel is simple, just squeeze a small amount of gel onto the finger tip and rub it along the gums, you can repeat it after 20 minutes if the pain is really bad, it is suggested that you could apply it with a cotton wool pad but I can't imagine baby would like that very much and may end up with wool fibres in their mouths.
The gel itself is not too thick that it feels gooey but likewise isn't runny, it's of a medium consistency that makes it perfect for applying easily to baby's mouth. It's clear but a slight brownish yellow in colour and the smell reminds me of basic mouthwash, somewhat antiseptic and aniseedy. The gel tastes quite herbal and I have to admit it's not the nicest of flavours, it's probably quite a shock to young babies who have tasted nothing else but milk all their short lives so it's a good idea to try and offer a little milk to take the taste away after the gel has taken effect.
I don't like to use the gel too much as the teeth aren't broken through and I don't want it to lose it's effect before the really bad stage of teething comes however on occasion where the teether doesn't help, he refuses a dummy or milk as comfort and even mummies warm hugs and tickly kisses can't cheer him up I have little choice but to reach for the gel, I hate to see him in discomfort and if it's interfering with his feeding or sleep then I'll do whatever it takes to help him feel better. I always apply the gel in 2 stages, doing the bottom gum and the top gum separately, that way I know he'll have a good amount of the gel on both. I rub the gel into the gums well as this helps soothe the pain and distracts him from the unusual taste and sensation of the gel. He will usually calm down instantly, whether this is from the distraction of mummy fiddling around in his mouth or the gel taking effect I don't know but within minutes he has settled down, the redness fades from his face and he's a far happier baby, soon he starts giggling and chatting again, is able to nap if he needs to or play if he's wide awake.
While the gel is handy during the day it is an absolute godsend during the night. It is said that babies feel teething pain worse at night so I keep out tube of gel handy just in case. Jack has enough trouble sleeping as it is so the last thing we want is teething interrupting it and making us all even more tired. With the gel among my arsenal of weapons (not literal weapons of course, I save those for when the hubby snores!) to try when he wakes up I know I'll be able to settle him no matter what has caused him to stir, the speed in which the gels works means that if it is the teeth causing him pain and waking him up it's soothed quickly so that he can drop back off to sleep and not interrupt his night too much.
The gel can be picked up in most pharmacies and supermarkets (generally in the baby aisle) from around £1.99 for the 15g tube, that's an absolute bargain if it helps baby to stay pain free and happy, and after all a happy baby makes for a happier mummy. I can highly recommend the gel for use in young babies however because it is suitable from birth it may mean the formula is lighter then other brands and may not work so well for older babies, especially those cutting the horridly painful molars, still if you've got a tube left from when your baby was small there's no harm in trying it when they're a little older.
Summary: A great product for easing teething pain especially in tiny babies.
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