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The red gel in a tube that relieves the pain of teething.
Jul 26, 2000 (Updated Jul 26, 2000)
Review by MonicaL2me
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:works quickly, gel isn't too thick, cherry flavored, and you don't have to get the doctor's permission to use this on babies.
Cons:I wish it were easier to get it on my baby's gums. She fights me the whole time I am trying to get it on her.
It became quite clear when my daughter was beginning to teethe. She started drooling all over everything and she could not stop chewing on whatever was handed to her. So we knew that soon those new teeth would be popping through and she was going to be in a lot more pain than she already was. So we went to the store to purchase some Baby Orajel for our daughter.
Recommend this product?
I had a coupon for the Orajel and all of my sister-in-laws recommended using this for my daughterís teething pain. So I figured why not give it a try.
We were actually really lucky with our daughter. I had talked to parents that told me that their child would spike high fevers while he was teething. And the baby would be up all night long crying and teething. And we have all seen the television programs that show babies when they are teething. They always seem to wake up right when mom and dad fall into a nice peaceful slumber with a blood hurdling scream. I was really concerned that this was going to happen so I wanted to be as prepared as I could be. This is why I bought the Baby Orajel along with as many teethers as I could get my hands on.
Well the months passed by after I bought the Baby Orajel and I barely had to use it on my daughter. Occasionally at night she would get a little cranky and I did not really know way. Nothing seemed to comfort her before she went to bed. So I thought, maybe she is teething and I put the Orajel on her gums. Instantly she seemed to be relieved and would fall asleep. So I guess her gums were bothering her. Well before I knew it her first tooth was popping through her little gums. There really wasnít much pain or trouble for her in getting that first tooth threw. I guess I expected the worst and I ended up having little problems.
So I still have the tube of Baby Orajel that I bought almost a year ago. I sure hope this stuff doesnít expire because I have barely used it. I donít see an expiration date on the tube anywhere.
Well now my daughter has eight of her teeth in. I didnít even know that the last four had come in until she let me peak in her mouth one day. I guess they didnít hurt her too much because I never had to use the Baby Orajel and she barely even used the teethers we had for her. Of course now she is getting her molars. This is the toughest part of getting teeth. Those molars are some big teeth that have to break through the skin of my poor little girlís delicate gums. Her teethers are not much help here though. You see they canít really get way back there onto those gums in the back. So lately I have been using the Orajel more often.
Let me tell you what Orajel is
Orajel is an oral pain reliever that quickly and temporarily relieves the pains of teething. It is a gel that is red and a little bit greasy. It is applied directly to the gums to help relieve pain quicker than using Tylenol. Plus you do not have to get a doctorís permission to use Orajel as long as your child is over the age of four months.
How to use Orajel
This is a really simple product to use. You can either use your finger to apply it, or a cotton swab. I prefer to use my finger so that way my daughter doesnít get any yucky pieces of cotton in her mouth. If you do use your fingers make sure that you clean your hands before applying the Orajel. Now you just squeeze a small pea size amount onto your finger or the cotton swab. This is really all you need is a little tiny bit of the medication in order for it to work. Then you apply the Orajel to your babyís gums. On my daughter this is much easier to do if she is crying because other wise she will not open her mouth for me. It is still a difficult task, but one that is well worth it. Giving any kind of medication to a baby is going to be difficult though. This is really no different. Once you have rubbed all of the Orajel on your babyís gums you are done. And if your child is anything like mine he/she will be off to dreamland in no time.
Wondering what Orajel tastes like
Well I have never tasted the Orajel myself so I canít give you first hand experience. The Baby Orajel is cherry flavored. It does have kind of a cherry smell to it, but I am not too sure that it tastes like cherry. I would ask my daughter, but I doubt she could tell me how it tastes considering at the moment her vocabulary is limited to one word (uh-oh). My daughter always makes a funny face though when I put the Orajel on her gums. I donít really know though if that is because it tastes weird or because the numbing effect takes place so quickly. I will be sure to ask her what it tastes like once she gets more of a vocabulary. Although, being that it is medicine I am inclined to think that they arenít really going to make it taste too good. After all you donít want to make it too appealing to small children who may think it is candy.
As with any medication there are some things to look out for. First of all if the symptoms donít improve within seven days then see a doctor. Do not use this product beyond seven days without the permission of your doctor. Your child might develop immunity towards the product if it is used for more than seven days. In which case the product will be useless. If while using Orajel your child develops any fever or rash then see the doctor immediately. And do not use if your child has any known allergies to local anesthetics. You might want to talk to your doctor before using this product just to be extra safe. Even though your child is not taking it in pill form it is still a medication. So it probably would be a good idea to consult your physician before using this product as well as any medication you are giving your child.
I was lucky
Orajel may not work for all children with teething pain. I got really lucky to have a baby that does not get affected by many painful things. I also only use the Orajel as a very last resort to all of my other measures. If the teethers do not work for her and if a nice ice cold Popsicle (no added sugar) does not work for her then and only then will I use the Orajel. Especially because it seems that every time I use the Orajel on her she goes to sleep. So I usually will only use the Orajel at night when she really needs something to make the pain go away. It is a good product to have around the house, but remember you do not need a lot of it on the gums and you do not want to use it on a baby under four months old. Keep these things in mind and I donít see why Orajel can not be an effective product for temporarily relieving you childís teething pain.
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