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Bonjela Teething Gel provides welcome relief from teething pains in babies. Whilst it isn't the best tasting and your baby may need some persuading, it is effective, long lasting and inexpensive.

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      11.01.2014 17:21
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      i dont like it

      Well to start when I first had my little girl i noticed 2 white dots on her bottom gums to which i shrugged off n thought they can not possibley be teeth as she was a new born, i was wrong!
      my little girl started teething at 10 weeks old and was in agony with her teeth especially at night, she just would not settled, so i decided to try bonjela as i had used the adult one for my self in the past and it worked for me. Checking the box in the store it said it could be used from 2month of age.
      That night after buying i decided to try the bonjela, i placed the smallest amount on her bottom gum and it seemed to work she settled and went to sleep, the morning after I woke to explosive diarrhea, i put this down to an upset stomach, i agene at night used the bonjela on my little girl and the morning after i had the same problem with the upset stomach. Needless to say i took her to the doctor and they could not find any signs of infection and swab were taken and they all came back fine a few weeks later, he advised me to stop using the bonjela, while waiting for the results to come back, 2 days after none of this product and the upset tummy returned to normal and she was fine, the doctor prescribed me some liquid paracetamol and that helped a lot.
      I am not trying to put anyone off using this product but it did not agree with my little girl one bit so just be cautious if your child has an upset tummy after using this product and your doctor will probably provide you with better pain relief.

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        01.05.2013 23:09
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        brilliant stuff

        We use this teething gel on our baby before bed. He is really struggling with teething at the moment and we have found that applying a bit of this to his gums at bedtime help him to settle. Recently we have noticed if we forget to put it on he takes much longer to settle in the evenings.

        It is really easy to use, the difficult part is not getting bitten when you are applying it! It comes in a little blue tube which you just take the lid off and squeeze a bit out. I only use a very small amount and it luckily is thick so comes out slowly.

        It has quite a sweet taste to it so it's appealing for babies but it's not too full of flavour so that they don't think it's a treat!

        I put this onto my clean finger and then administer it to my baby's gums. He instantly tries to start licking it and it seems to give instant relief as it dissolves. We have never done so as our little ones don't use dummies but I have seen people apply this to dummies too as an indirect way of getting it onto a baby's gums.

        I think it works in a numbing way a bit like when we apply the adult version to ulcers so it gives relief right away. It really is a quick fix. It is suitable to be used from 2 months old. It contains antiseptic too to help if there's any infection which I think is a good little extra!

        We find if we don't give this to our baby before he goes to bed he seems more uncomfortable and won't settle easily.

        Because it works so well for him this is a bit of a life saver for us all, it takes away his pain very fast.

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          29.03.2013 19:42
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          a good product for teething little ones

          Bonjela is a brand of oral treatment which is mainly used for teething problems and mouth ulcers. When my daughter was little it was instantly my first point of call to ease her sore gums and recently when my own wisdom tooth was causing me sheer pain I rubbed some on to give me some relief! I also used it when I had an ulcer on the side of my mouth so it really is a a multi-purpose gel!

          It comes in a dark blue thin cardboard box which is easily identifiable on the shelf. Inside the box the bonjela comes in a blue tube and we have the 15g product which is small but as a small blob is all you need this actually lasts for ages. The product is actually a clear gel which is rather thick and a substantial consistency

          Bonjela teething gel has active ingredients of lidocaine hydrochloride and cetalkonium chloride which work to numb the pain of teething. When my daughter was much younger and going through hell at night with her teething I would use it by squeezing a blob onto my fingertip (ensure hands are clean first!) and then rub this directly onto her gum. It is a rather fast acting method of pain relief as within a few minutes she would settle and calm down. However, it is not a miracle product as I do distinctly remember one night of torture when my little one was teething when no matter how much breastfeeding, bottle feeding, singing, hugging, bonjela, Ashton & Parsons (a teething powder) or teething rings would stop her crying! However, aside from this traumatic event I always found Bonjela reliable and worked a charm.

          It is sugar free and has an aniseed flavour which is not awful and so it was cute when I would always see my daughter practically lick it off my finger when I was trying to rub it in her mouth to ease the pain! Being suitable for children from 2 months is ideal as it can be used from a young age with no harm or side effects.

          A tube of Bonjela costs £2.60 in Boots which may seem expensive but I have found a tub lasts a really long time. It is also a widely sold product so easy to get your hands on from any supermarket or chemist.

          Overall I think Bonjela is fab and a must have for those with little ones who are teething or adults with oral pain. It doesn't break the bank so you can't go wrong!

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          07.03.2013 19:41
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          A vital buy!

          When my daughter was born I didn't think I'd need teething gel for months and months. But she started to teethe at 8 weeks! I'd been advised by my health advisor to wait until 3 months (12 weeks) before using any numbing teething gels or powders because I was breastfeeding and apparently the numbness in the mouth to such a small child can cause confusion. So, after a few very fraught weeks I finally introduced Bonjela Teething Gel at 12 weeks and I am so glad I did.

          Bonjela Teething Gel is sold in a small metal tube in a cardboard box primarily coloured in blue with the Bonjela logo on the front (and a picture of a baby, because you can get adult Bonjela too and you don't want to pick the wrong one up!!). It really is a small tube at 15g, but as you only need to use a tiny tiny amount, it does last months and months. Price wise it's around £2.50 for the tube and you don't really see it on offer very much. It's one of those things most parents have in the cupboard, and it's vital it's there, too (and one in the changing bag, mum's handbag..)

          So, to use Bonjela Teething Gel all you need is the following:

          A finger
          One teeny blob of Bonjela Teething Gel
          One hysterical child

          All you need to do is rub a tiny bit of Bonjela Teething Gel onto the affected area (usually you can tell this by how the baby teethes on their teether or just feel for the little bumps of the sprouting teeth), usually baby will keep on screaming and give you a few bites for good measure but I find that once the taste gets in their mouth, they settle down and taste the flavour for a bit whilst the numbing takes effect (which is a matter of a minute, at most).

          Usually a baby who is so upset will, once settled, go to sleep, or calm down enough to be fed, then go to sleep (slightly older children will settle down to play). It is amazing in how it works, it really seemed to soothe my daughter and unlike a teething powder it doesn't numb her entire mouth and never affected her breastfeeding habits.

          So, overall I do highly recommend Bonjela Teething Gel, in fact if you are an expectant parent buy some and keep it because as early as 3 months in you will need it and you'll be glad you have it in your essentials box! I will award it 5 stars out of 5 because it's not ridiculously expensive like so many children's solutions can be, and it works well, and lasts a long time. It's been a real Godsend to us!

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          26.02.2013 18:35
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          Highly recommend

          ==Bonjela teething gel==
          My little boy is growing up extremely fast four months have already past and unfortunately for him he seems to have been teething the past fortnight. It first start with extreme drooling which then led to rosy red cheeks and an irritable mood which he would snap out of. Fortunately for the both of us I have already purchased this item whilst back in the UK, so it was at hand should it be required.

          The Bonjela teething packaging is more or less identical to the adults Bonjela, I would therefore suggest storing them away from each other just in case you accidently pick up the wrong one. The tube is in keeping with the blue and white colour scheme of the original Bonjela. The instructions require you to rub a small amount onto the affected area, this can usually be seen on the gum as a red area. However, this is not always the case, so with a clean finger I apply a small amount of gel onto my finger and massage the gum on both the top and bottom gum. The taste is meant to be banana flavoured, I cannot comment on this as I have a food intolerance with bananas which has created paranoia when faced with banana flavoured items which I will not touch. However, I can comment that the smell is quite sweet but it also has a medical fragrance about it as well.

          As soon as the gel is on my babies gum he sucks in his bottom lip and has a right good taste of the Bonjela he doesn't seem to be bothered by it and it instantly calms him from his screaming fit to happily sucking his fingers with his newly soothed gums. It is horrible seeing your little ones in pain but as far this teething gel has come up trumps every time. The relief lasts for a long time I would say up to 2 hours perhaps longer I have only had to put this on once in a 24 hour period but it can be put on every 3 hours if necessary.

          The teething gel is suitable from 2 months and is also suitable in adults, perhaps this would be useful in the case of wisdom teeth coming through. Mine haven't come through yet so I could not comment on whether it was as affective for adults as it is with my child. The teething gel comes in 15g tubes which seems to be lasting a long time, it has hardly reduced in size in the two weeks my son has been using it. At present this can be purchased from boots.com for £2.60 and a complimentary tube of 10 multivitamin tablets in berry flavour come with this purchase (perhaps not ideal for parents of babies, but they could be used for yourselves, I suppose). Anyway, I would highly recommend this for any teething babies as it has provided instant relief for my son and his tears soon left and was replaced with a lovely gummy smile.

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            14.02.2013 09:08
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            For the relief of teething pain

            Bonjela Teething Gel was a lifesaver when my little ones were babies. It saved me and them a lot of heartache by helping with the pain of teething. As any mother knows seeing your baby with red cheeks and crying from pain is not something that you enjoy especially when you know it is a natural part of growing up and there isn't really a lot you can do to speed the process along.

            Bonjela teething gel really does help though with both the pain and also just with soothing babies down when the pain of teething gets too much for them.

            It can be picked up in pharmacies and larger places such as Boots and it comes in a blue metal tube. You need to make sure that you pick up the teething one and not the normal one as they are very similar looking and it is easy to get them mixed up and the normal one can't be used on babies.

            To use the gel you just put a little bit on your little finger making sure that you have washed your hands first and then you rub it gently on the babies gums.
            It is suitable for babies over the age of two months and can be used right through their teething stage.

            This gets to work really quickly at soothing babies down and helping to take away some of the pain from their inflamed gums. It doesn't take away all their pain when the teething is especially bad but it does a good b of making it much more bearable for them. I remember using this on my little ones and it used to get to work within about five minutes of putting it on them and their crying would become less intensified. It was especially good to use this at bed time so that they could fall off to sleep without the pain of teething keeping them awake.

            You can continue to use this every 3 hours and you will probably have to keep using it during bad teething patches as it doesn't seem to last all that long. I found that it would usually only last for a couple of hours at most before it came back.

            For minor teething I would rather use something which has been in the freezer to numb their gums but when their teething was bad I always reached for this as it was the only thing that would guarantee to relieve the pain for them. It isn't expensive and costs £2.60 for a tube and I think it is money well spent.

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            09.02.2013 23:05
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            A great aid for teething little ones

            My little girl is teething and now with her two front teeth already here some of the back ones are trying to break through. I try to keep her away from medicine when possible, but at times it is really unbearable for her. I find myself moving towards more trusted brands with my children, and as I had personally had good experiences with Bonjela before I decided on their teething gel. The gel is widely available at chemists and supermarkets and it costs around £3 for a small 15g tube. It appears in a toothpaste type tube and it looks almost identical to the adult version in a blue colour with white writing. I do have to be careful that I pick the correct one up as they are so similar in packaging. This was recommended by my health visitor, and after a little research I was happy to give it a try.

            The gel again is almost exactly the same in consistency as the adult version. It is a clear gel that is very sticky to touch, and the smell hits you as soon as you remove the lid. It is very easy to squeeze from the tube even as it heads towards the end so you are able to use all of the gel inside. Once I add a small amount to my finger it sits very well and does not slide off giving me the time I need to move it to the offending area in my little girl's mouth. A little really does go a long way so only the smallest amount is needed. Even with the thick consistency it begins to dissolve into the gums instantly.

            In use and results

            It is very easy to use the teething gel. You simply need to open the lid and place a small pea size amount and rub it into the problem areas in little ones mouth. Then the gel begins to dissolve quickly into the gums and it is an instant pain relief for little ones. Rather than the intense flavour of the adult version, the child teething gel is supposedly banana flavour. I say supposedly because it tastes nothing like a banana. It is very sweet and fruity, but it tastes more like a mix of fruits rather than one distinctive taste. It still has a little bit of a kick to it, and you can certainly tell it is a medicine but it is not too bad that it puts my children off from using it. Each of my children will happily allow me to add the gel to their gums, and I think this is great as with some medicines it can be so hard to give to a child.

            Personally this really is a life saver for us. Normally my children can manage teething pain using teething rings and other items but at times like with back teeth it can be terribly uncomfortable for them. This is a quick and very effective way to relieve the pain for little one, and because it is so easy to apply it really only takes seconds to relieve the pain. As soon as the gel touches the gum it seems to numb the area and this means you child can get on with what they want to do without noticing the pain. The effects are long lasting too I only have to use a small amount and she seems to forget about it for a few hours until the worse has passed. This means the tube lasts a very long time so it is great value for money. This has taken my children from a full on screaming match to playing with their toys within five minutes.

            This gel can be used from 2 months plus and you only need a tiny amount on the tip of your finger for it to work. We have not personally used this until my children were around 6 months old and it really did work for them. Lidocaine is the active ingredient, which numbs and soothes the painful area and as it begins to move into the gums instantly it does provide very quick relief. The gel also contains antiseptic ingredients to prevent infection in little ones mouth. It is sugar free which is good to hear, but the taste is still incredibly sweet so it appeals to children's taste buds. As always it should be kept out of reach of children as the lid is in no way child proof and they would be able to get into the gel very easily. I cannot seem to find any advice on the packaging about how often to apply it, but it does tell me if after 7 days the problem persists to see the doctor. I only use this on odd occasions and very small amounts, and personally I would not add it more than a couple of times a day.

            Summary

            We really like Bonjela teething gel and have found it to be more effective than similar items available. What I really like is you only need the smallest amount of the gel, ad that has long lasting effects for little one and relieves there pain. It is practical to use and suited towards children's taste so they will actually allow you to help them. I only really use this as a last resort, but this makes the results even better because it can help my children while they are at their worst. The effectiveness of the gel never seems to wear off and it really is fantastic at taken the annoyance away. It has been a perfect aid for when my children teething pain is at its worse and I will certainly use it again.

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              04.07.2012 19:53
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              Don't worry about looking like a baby for using teething gel. This stuff works a treat!

              I recently had the mouth ulcer of all mouth ulcers. You know the type where it hurts to speak, smile, yawn...and don't even think about eating or drinking. Regular adult Bonjela just wasn't cutting it. But then my sister recommended I try the Bonjela teething gel, and so I did.
              First of all this gel tastes SO much better than the adult gel. It tastes just like Calpol, which I love! So that is a plus. The clear gel looks exactly the same and the packaging is very similar in the blue box and tube, but with pink trim instead of green.
              When you put it on your ulcer though, good Lord does it burn. Much more than the adult version. I don't know how babies handle it on their gums because it had me red faced and in tears! The pain only lasts about 10 seconds though, and after that? Everything feels great. The ulcer went completley numb. Albeit only for about half an hour, but when you have an ulcer that painful even thirty minutes pain free is a blessing. And in fairness I have never come accross a product that stopped an ulcer from hurting for longer than this anyway.
              Obviously this product is aimed towards teething babies, and while I can't say how effective it is for that, I definitley preferred it over adult Bonjela for my ulcer. I also tried it all along my gums which were also sore while I had the ulcer. It didn't work quite as well as that, but still deadened the discomfort quite a bit.
              I would definitley recommend Bonjela Teething Gel to a friend. Just not necessarily for its intended purpose of for teething babies.

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              16.03.2012 02:05
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              A great product that helps little ones with teething troubles.

              Bonjela Teething Gel.

              Bonjela Teething Gel is a must have item when you have a teething baby.... as I do!
              My seven month old son has just had his bottom two teeth come through in the same week and he was very grouchy and seemed in pain. I popped to the pharmacy and purchased some Bonjela as when I have used it in the past for my previous three children it has worked fantastically!



              It's fairly easy to spot on the shelf amongst the other baby products and come in a small cardboard box, upon opening this you will find a small tube which is also clearly labelled so not to confuse it with other products. After removing the white screw cap lid you will need to turn the lid over to pierce the top of the tube, this doesn't take much effort and is simple to do.



              Squeezing the tube will enable a small amount of gel to be squirted onto your (clean) finger, squeeze to hard though and loads of gel will come out! You only really need a small blob on your finger and then work this into your babies gums for them to have a nice relief from the pain of teething.

              I do believe it works as my children have all benefited from using it and it has stopped them crying in pain.



              Bonjela is also good for small ulcers in the mouth, my 8 year old sometimes suffers with ulcers and this does ease the annoyiness of these and let him eat better.



              If being used for your baby teething you can expect the tube to last really well and you may even have some left over!



              I think £2.50 or there abouts is nothing to pay when it stops your child being in pain.

              "Bonjela Teething Gel.... Perfect for soothing babies gums!"

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                15.03.2012 19:51
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                Help your babies with their toothypeg pain

                I think every baby, to different extents, suffer with teething pain. It's horrible to see your baby in pain and you do all you can to help ease it for them. My daughter suffered quite bad early on, then had a break from teething for quite a while, until her back molars started to make an appearance atleast. They were the worst by far, cue, teething gel!

                --- Packaging and information ---

                Bonjela teething gel comes in almost the same packaging as the normal adult Bonjela, with a blue cardboard box and the contrasting white product name, the only difference is the cute baby picture on the box. Inside the box is a tube with the same design as the box and a twist off lid, almost like a toothpaste tube.

                This teething gel comes in a 15g tube, it is widely available in chemists and supermarkets. The current cost is anywhere between £2 and £4 depending on where you buy it.

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                Bonjela teething gel and antiseptic pain relieving gel. It is pretty much just a local anaesthetic gel which makes it a quick way to eliminate pain for children. After it is applied it doesn't take long for it to get to work.

                Application of the gel is easy. After opening the tube and squeezing a little amount onto a clean little finger, you find the gel is quite thick in consistency, but as soon as you put it onto baby's gum it feels like it slides right off. Apparently, the gums absorb it straight away and it gets to work there and then.

                This Bonjela teething gel is sugar free, and has a banana flavour. I tried a little bit myself, I don't really find the gel tasting like banana, but it does have a really sweet twang to it, which is nice, considering it's sugar free too! My daughter has never turned her nose up at the taste of the gel so it gets the thumbs up from her.

                Although my daughter can never say whether pain relieving medicines, such as this one, work, I can usually tell by her restless and crying when it starts to take effect. Bonjela say it gets to work straight away, but I would say it's usually around 20 minutes after I've applied the gel before she actually calms down and is back to her normal self. After one dose of Bonjela she seems quite content for most of the day afterwards. It can be applied every 3 hours, but we have needed to reapply that soon after.

                --- Overall ---

                I'd definitely recommend Bonjela Teething Gel for babies. It definitely helps soothe the poor little mites from teething pains. It is relatively fast (although not as fast as they state!) at getting to work, and tastes quite nice. For the price, it's definitely worth it!

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                22.01.2012 23:32
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                Works sometimes but not always

                Between 2 and 3 months old, my baby girl began dribbling and chewing on fingers etc, but I was made well aware from family and friends that it could be quite a while before a tooth could appear. Well, my daughter is now 5 months old, and we are deep in the throws of teething but still without a tooth to be seen! However, the discomfort that she is in with these teething pains has become very transparent over the last few weeks, and she has turned, on some occasions, into a very grumpy and irritable baby.

                Over these few weeks when we have been faced with a red cheeked, grumpy child our first resort has always been to try this Bonjela Teething Gel, which I bought when my daughter first started dribbling, to have in the house, so when I needed it, I had it to hand.

                A 15g tube of Bonjela Teething gel usually costs over £2 and can be bought in supermarkets and chemists. My husband had previously used Bonjela when he has had mouth ulcers and always thought that they helped somewhat to relieve the discomfort, and so I was pretty sure that these would be of some use to my daughter when the teething really got going.

                Bonjela is labelled as an antiseptic pain relieving gel which can help 'prevent minor mouth infections. Its local anaesthetic action acts quickly to relieve pain and sooth sore gums' This product is not suitable for babies under two months old, and as I said it has only been over the last few weeks that I have had to start using this, as the teething is obviously annoying my daughter. This product should only be re applied every three hours when necessary.

                When the irritability sets in an my daughter starts gnawing on anything she can get her hands on, out comes the bonjela as our first port of call. This clear gel is easily squeezed onto your finger from the tube and applied to the gums on your baby, which is not always an easy feat when your daughter tries to lick it off your finger as well!

                In terms of effectiveness, I do think that it helps a little in relieving the discomfort from sore gums that come with teething. THere have been occasions, when I have felt that this gel has offered my daughter some relief, and she appears to be in better form after applying this gel. However, for the vast majority of the time, I don't feel that it has eased her discomfort enough, and I have ended up resorting to giving her calpol, which always appears to work.

                All in all, this obviously does work to some degree, my husband would testify to this for his mouth ulcers, and it seems to have helped my daughter sometimes, probably depending on the level of discomfort however more times than not, I think it has been the calpol that has ended up giving her the relief that she needs from the pain of teething!

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                  06.11.2011 21:49
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                  Works quickly and effectively to soothe sore gums.

                  A few weeks ago while my son was having a good old chomp on my finger, I realised I could feel two toothypegs under his gums. I was taken by surprise as he was only around 8 weeks old at the time but it certainly explained his grumpiness, horrendous nappies and rough spotty cheeks! The next day he and I ventured in to town to see what I could find to help his discomfort, given that he was only 2 months old.

                  One remedy I purchased was the Bonjela teething gel. I had used Bonjela frequently myself to help with mouth ulcers and so felt confident that the teething gel would work well for my son. On the box it states 'From 2 months' whereas other teething gels were from 3 months so my options were also a little limited. Inside the box was a tube of 15g of gel. The tube features the same blue colour of regular Bonjela but with a pink stripe at the end of the tube with 'Sugar free' written on it. Of course it is important that the gel is sugar free as I imagine rubbing a gel containing sugar onto a baby's new teeth could be particularly damaging. The gel contains the active ingredients Lidocaine Hydrochloride and Cetalkonium Chloride. It also contains ethanol, known to most as alcohol. Many people might not want to give this to their little ones due to the chemicals it contains but I felt happy to give the gel as only very small amounts are used at any one time. The gel is said to have anaesthetic properties to help soothe sore gums.

                  The gel is banana flavoured and smells very much like that fake banana flavouring given to cheap sweets and milkshakes. I decided that it was important for me to taste the gel to see what I was about to inflict on my poor boy so I popped a smidgen onto my tongue...the verdict...it tastes VILE! Fake bananery taste mixed with the aniseedy taste of bonjela. Not pleasant! What was quite pleasant though was the numbing effect it had almost instantly on my tongue and any other area of my mouth that it came into contact with. I was pleased that I had experienced this at it showed me how it would help my son's gums.

                  So, the next time my son displayed discomfort because of his gums, I used a clean fingertip to rub a pea sized amount onto his gums. The look on his face told me that he didn't like the taste much either and he did a fair bit of licking around his mouth so he must have had a very numb tongue! He settled down quickly and his gums didn't seem to bother him for about an hour afterwards which was great. The dosage says to rub in a small amount every three hours so I couldn't use it as and when I wished, however I was pleased with how quickly it worked and how long it lasted considering he'd probably licked the majority of it off his gums!

                  As well as applying it with a clean finger, it can be put onto teethers to help get it onto the exact right place on the gum. I find it easier applying it with a finger and I just rub it all over the gum, then I know I've hit the sore spots!

                  I would expect a tube to last a good while as only a small amount is used for each dose and I only need to use it when my son shows signs of being in pain from his gums. The price of the tube varies depending where you purchase it but I paid just under £3 from Bodycare which I felt was a very good price.

                  Due to its anaesthetic properties, I would use it myself for ulcers or sore spots in the mouth. The only thing that would put me off would be the taste!

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                    27.03.2011 14:54
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                    A teething gel that worked sufficiently, but won't be purchased again.

                    Many years after the joy of teething had taken place, I now find myself facing the shame drama's and discomfort again, though this time due to my children's adult teeth coming through, and in fairness I am getting as much crying from this experience, though now they can talk too....never a good combination!

                    When they were babies I used the original Bonjela, tasting deliciously of aniseed, so much so that I am ashamed to say it was always a case of "one for Kaitlin, one for Mummy....", I am not proud! Lol! Now however there is a completely different product available, with this being specifically designed for children and babies aged from 2 months onwards (I recall reading a review saying the original Bonjela contained an ingredient that turned out not to be suitable for children, so this must be why this had to be re-branded, it's junior disprol all over again!).

                    This particular product is almost exactly the same, though of course at a strength suitable for the use of children.

                    The tube is baby blue in colour, with a screw lid top (this can get crusty if the gel is not wiped away properly after application). There is plenty of information to be had, this being brand name, product name, properties, volumes (15g), age restrictions and the fact this is sugar free, this did at one time I assume actually come in a box, but like most of the other things in my medicine cupboard has lost it's outer jacket somewhere along the way, this said most of the necessary information is on the tube itself including expiry date, which I am ashamed to say that the first tube I found out (and made me buy another one!) was 3 years out of date!

                    To use you apply a small blob (on a clean finger) and rub very gently into the sore gum.

                    This particular gel just doesn't taste as nice as I remembered, in fact this stuff doesn't taste aniseedy at all, but more a rather non descript taste, maybe very slightly fruity though I have to say neither of my kids liked this stuff at all.

                    I did manage to persuade them to keep it on for more than five minutes, and it did relieve the discomfort they were feeling from there adult teeth pushing through their gums, and I say they as both of them decided that they were going to shed baby teeth at the same time, my son with his first tooth loss (his front one) and my poor daughter with one of her back teeth!

                    This can be used to relieve discomfort every three hours, but found my son would only let me do it three times, then stating he would just have Calpol instead, with my daughter refusing point blank due to the "crappy taste" (her words not mine, yes she did get a clip round the legs for that!), though it must have done something as not only had he stopped moaning so much, but his red cheeks seemed to cool considerably too.

                    Price wise this is available for around the £3.00 mark and has a shelf life of 2 years once opened, though you would really be hard pushed to use an entire tube in that time, unless you had a room full of teething children!

                    I think I will probably not bother buying this again, and maybe try my kids (if they need any that is) with the original Bonjela, that is now available in adult form, and (thankfully!) in aniseed flavour, so they would probably be more wiling to let me apply that.

                    Thanks for reading x

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                      06.10.2010 20:37
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                      Bonjela Teething Gel

                      It's teething time in our house and we need a little bit of relief. My little girl has two shiny new bottom teeth but they came at a bit of a painful price. Our only friend in this whole process was Bonjela teething gel. I had heard about this gel before and was aware it was fairly good and had also received lots of positive recommendations from other mums when I talked to them about teething so this was really the only antiseptic pain relief I was looking for when I bought it in Boots.

                      Bonjela is basically a gel that contains local anaesthetic which helps to relieve pain and soothe sore gums. Its main ingredient is Lidocaine Hydrochloride so I would recommend a discussion with your pharmacist or doctor before using this gel if you have any worries or concerns. It comes in a small tube measuring 15g and costs £2.49, a small price to pay in my opinion for a happy baby.

                      As the gel contains a local anaesthetic this actually works to block the pain and thus stop the gums from hurting. The gel itself is clear and has quite a sweet pleasant taste to it although it contains no sugar which is another one of the things I like about it. I don't like to give my daughter sugar but this gel is a necessity and so the sugar content is something I don't have to worry about. The gel is somewhat thick and is quite easy to apply. Basically you squeeze a bit out on your finer and then rub it around your babys gums. They do say on the packaging that even though you think the gel seems to be slipping off and not really coating the gums it actually absorbs into the gums and gets to work straight away. I have found in most cases that it takes about half an hour for my little girl to really settle down and look like her teeth are not giving her any problems so straight away may be a little premature but I think it's quite a fast pain relief which I like. You can then reapply this gel every three hours but I generally find that just one application will do the trick for the rest of the day.

                      An essential baby product and one I recommend.

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                        A teething gel thats worth its weight in gold!

                        This teething gel has saved my sanity on more than one occassion. I used this product from the start of my son's teething and found it to be a great product that actually works, and unlike calpol infant suspension it works instantly. I tried a few other teething gels and products that were on special offer, but nothing works quite as well as this for my little one. I would say with regards to teething products though that it is quite a good idea to try a few products, as I know that bonjela teething gel is the only product that works for my son, but I know other moms swear by nelsons teething granules. I find this product really easy to apply to my sons gums and as my son got older he began to recognise the tube and would look relieved when we went to get it to treat him. I would also add that if the teething pain is bad, bonjela is only really a first treatment and is better backed up by either infant paracetomol or ibuprofen.

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                      15g / Gel containing Lignocaine hydrochloride 0.33% w/w, Cetalkonium chloride 0.01% w/w / Relief of pain and discomfort associated with infant teething / Children: apply a small amount of gel with a clean little finger to the affected area and rub in gently / Repeat every 3 hours if necessary / Infants under 3 months: not recommended.