When your baby is 4-7 months of age, you should be aware of signs of teething, including increased drooling, gums appear red and swollen, 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.
When applied to baby’s gums with a clean finger or cotton cloth, there are 2 active ingredients in Calgel that start working fast. 1st 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 2nd active ingredient is Cetylpyradinium Chloride, 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 lasts about 20 minutes and it is not recommended to use more than 6 times per day. You can help as well by letting baby chew on a 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. Anywhere from 3 months to 1 year, you can expect to see the new teeth, one at a time, over a period of months. Usually, you’ll notice the 2 bottom middle teeth first, then the top 2 middle teeth with the ones along the sides and back of the gums to follow. Calgel will help you and your baby through this exciting stage of growing up. By the time your baby reaches the age of 3 years, there should be a full set of 20 baby teeth. Around 6 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. To enable your child to get a good night’s rest, your doctor may recommend giving infant acetaminophen to reduce the pain and apply Calgel during the daytime. Tell your pediatrician about any medical conditions or allergies that baby may have and list all OTC or Rx drugs you administer, including vitamins or herbal supplements to prevent an adverse reaction to Calgel.
Warnings for Calgel
Only apply enough 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 appear 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
Drugs Similar to Calgel
· Dentinox Teething Gel
· Anbesol Baby Gel