BUYER’S GUIDE 6 top teething gels for baby

When bubba is teething, rubbing a soothing gel on his gums may ease his discomfort. Here are the best ones.

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Your baby’s pearlies may start cutting through as early as 4 months. Usually, the bottom front two are the first to appear, followed by the top two. When his little teeth push through the gums, this often causes discomfort, irritation, even some swelling. Teething can be a long drawn-out process that requires lots of patience, hugs and cuddles from you.

          Your munchkin may suffer sensitive, swollen gums, drool a lot, be grumpy and experience sleepless nights ― no fun for the family at all. But you have ways to soothe those sore gums during the trying months.

          You might want to offer him a teether to chew on, or let him gnaw on a clean towel you’ve chilled in the fridge. If junior has started on solids, you can place a cold piece of fruit in a mesh bag for him to gum.

          Another way to deal with teething is to use a pain-relieving gel. Easily available at baby stores or pharmacies, these can ease pain and prevent infection. For a temporary numbing effect, simply rub a small amount onto your baby’s sore gums with some clean gauze. Here are some options to try.

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Dentinox Teething Gel
PRICE $
7.15 /15g
FROM Guardian
WHAT Suitable from birth, this pleasant-tasting teething gel numbs pain even as it eliminates infection. Its active ingredients are cetylpyridinium chloride, a mild antiseptic that kills a bacteria, and lidocaine hydrochloride, a local anaesthetic that blocks the pathway of pain signals along the nerves. The gel is sugar-free.
PARENTS SAY It works like a charm, says Joy Koh, mum to Lucas, 8 months, “Nothing else worked for my boy ― I even used a little on myself when I had a toothache and the numbness brought instant relief.” Reasonably priced, it’s easily available at pharmacies and supermarkets.  

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Babyganics Say Aahhh! Benzocaine Free Gel Teething Pods
PRICE $
16.10/3ml
FROM Agape Babies
WHAT Single-use teething gel pods provide soothing gum relief, thanks to natural clove oil and stevia. It’s free from parabens, phthalates, toxins, artificial colours, flavouring and alcohol.
PARENTS SAY Many babies actually welcome this treatment, thanks to the pleasant-tasting clove oil. It also takes the edge off teething pain effectively. Pricey, since one pack only offers only 10 applications. Plus, there’s wastage as each pod contains more than enough for a one-time use product.

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Hyland’s Baby Teething Gel
PRICE $
16.90/14.7ml
FROM Guardian
WHAT Made with natural and homeopathic ingredients including camomile, this teething gel is a natural and effective way to soothe pain and lessen irritability during teething. It also reduces redness and inflammation in your baby’s gums.
PARENTS SAY Mum of two May Lim says, “I always kept this handy with when my kids were babies. It really helped to soothe them.” She adds that the relief is temporary, so you might need to reapply frequently, “That’s fine though, since the ingredients are natural.”

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