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CALGEL (LIDOCAINE)

Calgel Description

When your baby is four to seven months of age, you should be watching for signs of teething that include increased drooling, swollen gums, gum rubbing, chewing on their hand or fingers, rubbing at their ear, and fussy during the night. Erupting baby teeth is painful for these little people that cannot explain how they feel so it’s important to know about their different ‘baby stages’. Calgel can help relieve the pain of a tooth breaking through and allows parents a bit of a break as well. Sucking on a soother or their thumb can make baby’s gums more sensitive as this action draws more blood to the area so you can try to encourage your baby to chew on a teething ring.

The two active ingredients in Calgel start working fast when applied to baby’s gums with a clean finger or cotton cloth. The first is Lidocaine, a topical anesthetic that stops sodium from entering nerve endings at the pain site. This stops the electrical signal from building up and travelling along nerve fibers to the brain.

The second active ingredient is Cetylpyradinium Chloride which is a mild topical antiseptic that will kill certain bacteria or fungi that may start an infection through the broken skin as the new tooth erupts. The effects of Calgel last about twenty minutes. It is not recommended that you apply Calgel more than six times per day. You can help by letting baby chew on a clean cold washcloth or by firmly rubbing the area with a clean finger.

Conditions Treated by Calgel

Tooth buds form in the gums while your baby is still in the womb. At anywhere from three months to one year of age, you can expect to see the new teeth come in over a period of months. Usually, you’ll notice the two bottom middle teeth first, then the top two middle teeth with the ones along the sides and back of the gums to follow. By the time your baby reaches the age of three years, there should be a full set of twenty baby teeth. Around six years old, the permanent teeth will start to push through and the baby teeth will fall out. Some adults may also find Calgel helpful for toothaches or denture pain too.

Before Applying Calgel

Make sure you have washed your hands or the swab or cloth you are using for applying Calgel is clean., Your doctor may recommend giving infant acetaminophen to reduce the pain to enable your child to get a good night’s rest and apply Calgel during the daytime. Tell your pediatrician about any medical conditions or allergies that baby may have and list any OTC or Rx drugs you administer, including vitamins or herbal supplements to prevent an adverse reaction to Calgel.

Warnings for Calgel

You should only apply enough Calgel to cover the spot where the tooth is erupting or your baby could swallow the excess gel and get a tummy ache. If redness of the gums appears to be worse, stop applying Calgel and see your pediatrician. Do not give aspirin to baby as it has been linked to a serious condition called Reye’s syndrome.

Possible Side Effects of Calgel

  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea

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