We were devastated to hear the news yesterday that Adelaide parents’ favourite teething gel from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital was being discontinued immediately.
Mix102.3 breakfast hosts Jodie and Soda had both used the gel with their kids and know how much of a lifesaver it is.
The main reason it’s so good is the anaesthetic in it called lidocaine but there are reported cases of it being misused, particularly overseas.
“They (SA Health) said in some kids there have been seizures and cardiac problems because they’ve used so much of something similar with lidocaine in it,” Soda explained on Mix102.3 this morning.
“So now they’re going to change the guidelines here.
“Parents are absolutely going crazy because this stuff is absolutely fantastic.
“Even adults have been using it on their wisdom teeth when they’re coming through, it’s that good.”
So Jodie and Soda put the call out for help from the FOTS (friends of the show) who knew of how to get teething gel just as good.
They got plenty of responses, and it sounds as though there are chemists throughout Adelaide that will make the teething gel featuring lidocaine.
The thing is, we’re not sure how long they’ll keep doing it after SA Health’s dramatic announcement yesterday.
This is what we found out from the FOTS…
Jess Mundy wrote on Facebook: “Chemist at Salisbury sells their own brand. Absolutely fantastic. I swear by it. The chemist near cinemas.”
Louise from Morphett Vale called and said: “This is liquid gold… Terry White Chemists on Beach Rd at Christie’s Beach. You go in and tell them you want it and they get a few details about your child and they make it up for you on the spot.
Jodie from Mitchell Park told us: “Go to the Terry White at Marion on Marion Rd, they’re a compounding chemist so they also have their own brand. I rang them last night for some family members who live in the country so I’m being a bit of a drug lord trying to get this thing to them!”
Kate contacted us on Facebook to let us know that “Brauer teething product is brilliant and natural . It’s a south Australian product made in the Barossa valley,” she wrote.
Julie passed on a message to say that oil of cloves can also be very good for teething.
“I know some parents are saying teething rusks or rings or biting onto a damp cloth or amber beads… it’s not the same,” Soda said.
“They do an Aloe Vera gel with lidocaine in it in America, which is great for sunburn… I stock up if I’m lucky enough to go away.”
Jodie said she remembered using the teething gel 18 years ago with her first daughter Taylor.
“I remember doing late night runs when Taylor was teething and in that much pain that you go straight to the Women’s and Children’s and get some,” she said.
Not any more ☹