A lot of mums, fearing for their babies who suffer during the eruption of their first teeth, ask for help at a pharmacy. Sometimes it happens that parents run out of household means to help the baby in his pain and the child does not feel any better. Is it a good idea to apply products from pharmacies, ointments, gels and even analgesics in such a case?
Gels for teething
Each pharmacy has preparations alleviating the pain in its range of products, which act both locally and generally. One of the locally acting substances is a gel with cooling, anti-inflammatory and disinfecting activity. The preparations are produced on the basis of lidocaine, i.e. an anaesthetic substance and additionally enriched with extracts of plants, such as thyme, sage, and camomile. Their action is not usually long, though. It ends after about several minutes.
Such gels are effective just before the infant falls asleep, if the baby has difficulty with it due to the persistent pain he is suffering. Before applying such medicines, carefully read the leaflet which includes information on dosage, frequency and usage. It is also a good idea to consult the pharmacist.
When to use stronger painkillers?
What about stronger painkillers with general action? Medicines containing paracetamol may be given to children only when they suffer from big pain or when they have fever, cannot sleep, do not want to drink and eat, and other methods to help the baby fail. This is often the case when children cut molars. The pain is simply the strongest at that time and the most burdensome. Analgesics are the last resort; in no case should you give them to children for a longer period than specified in the leaflet and never exceed the dose. The best idea is to consult your doctor, who will determine whether or not it is reasonable to apply them.
If teething proceeds in a very stormy way and your child suffers a lot, consult your doctor immediately. This is necessary when alarming symptoms occur, such as cyanosis of mucous membrane, high fever or strong diarrhoea. These symptoms may indicate a serious disease and may not be connected with teething.