I need medicine! – Miss J, 2
Looking for solutions to sooth baby’s stuffy nose, colic or teething pain? Or something to ease your own aches and pains? We’ve been testing a whole range of solutions. Here’s how we got on.
Deep Freeze Patches
Deep Freeze Cold Patches are really quite clever. You remove one from its pack when you’re ready to use it, and apply it to the source of pain using the sticky back. You can feel it cooling the skin down almost immediately as the hydrogel layer slowly evaporates and, according to the makers, it then provides consistent, long-lasting analgesia to the site of the pain.
The patches are really thin so can be worn under clothing and, while I mercifully don’t suffer from severe back pain, have certainly soothed the aches of everyday parenting. RRP is £1.55 for a single patch and £5.10 for a pack of four patches.
Dentinox Medicine Dummy
For babies reluctant to accept medicine from a spoon or syringe, this is quite a clever solution. You put the medicine in the back section, close it up and then as baby sucks on the dummy so that the exact dose passes through the orthodontic silicone teat. It’s clever and it works, provided your baby will accept a dummy! RRP £5.99.
Dentinox Baby Nose-clear Inhaler Dummy
Another clever dummy solution, this one holds a couple of drops of the decongestant room vapour near baby’s nose to help relieve nasal congestion and clear the upper airways. Some babies might be put off by the smell, but it definitely seemed to help my nephew when he was suffering from a nasty cold. RRP £6.99.
Dentinox Baby Nose-clear Vapour-ring
Similar to the Baby Nose-clear Inhaler Dummy, these rings are impregnated with essential oil vapour to help babies breathe and can be screwed between the bottle and teat for bottle fed babies. Again, this is a clever idea that does work, however there is a risk that the vapour might put baby off their milk and since hydration is so important when poorly, you’ll need to tread carefully. RRP £7.99.
Dentinox Teething Gel
Dentinox Teething Gel got us through some truly brutal teething periods with both kids. Suitable from birth, this gel can be used every 20 minutes and seems to offer rapid, significant pain relief. It’s also sugar free and contains a mild antiseptic. Highly recommended. RRP £2.30.
Dentinox Teething Toothpaste
Another product we loved when the kids were small, Dentinox Teething Toothpaste is sugar free and not only helps keep their teeth clean but also seems to help keep ease teething pain because it contains clove oil. It can be used from birth and comes with a soft silicone toothbrush which fits onto the finger so that you can gently massage gums and new teeth. RRP £3.05.
Dentinox Infant Colic Drops
Dentinox Infant Colic Drops contain activated dimeticone and are suitable from birth to help ease the symptoms of colic. Each bottle comes with a syringe for easy application and the solution can be added to your baby’s bottle if desired. It definitely helped my little ones in their first few weeks, but how? Apparently it works as an antifoaming agent, joining small bubbles of gas in the stomach to form large bubbles so that it can be more easily burped or expelled as wind. RRP £2.85 per bottle.
Snufflebabe Vapour Rub
Snufflebabe Vapour Rub seems to be an effective decongestant when dabbed or rubbed sparingly on the chest of snuffly babies aged from 3 months. It contains eucalyptus, thyme oil and menthol – a soothing, gentle combination. RRP £2.54.
4 Little 1 Baby Nose Clear Room Vapour
Baby Nose Clear Room Vapour – Pure essential oils to ease breathing and help baby sleep, from birth. The room vapour can be added to a warm bowl of water in baby’s room or to the inhaler dummy from three months. RRP £7.99
Sleepytime Massage Oil
This all-natural massage oil developed with baby sleep specialist, Jo Tantum contains aroma to help clear a blocked nose. I’m a big fan of gentle baby massage to soothe poorly babies – it really helped my daughter. This product is RRP £7.99.
So that’s my round up. Have you tried any of these products? Which worked best for you?
Disclosure: we were sent the products for testing.