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Is teething powder homeopathic?

Popular brand names:

  • Ashton & Parson’s

Generic name:  Teething powder with chamomile extract.

Active ingredient: Chamomile / Matricaria.

Can you make it? No.

Vegan?

No, contains lactose.

Halal?

Yes.

Ethical concerns?

None.

Health concerns?

Until recently A&P teething powder was listed as a part of homeopathic medicine, causing parents to question its potential effectiveness. Many people today still believe it is homeopathic!

After investigating, this seems to be a terminology issue: teething powder is in fact herbal, because it relies on the natural calming effects of chamomile, and the chamomile is present in a substantial and effective amount in the powder. It’s not pain relief, but the mix of chamomile and sugar, like similar blends in teas for adults, may comfort a teething or colicky baby.

Do not give to lactose-intolerant infants!

Alternative brands:

  • Nelson’s Teetha.

Are there store brands?

No.

Why are sellers still selling dangerous fabric “carseats”?

Popular brand names: Unbranded.

Generic name: Infant/Child safety fabric car seat.

Can you make it? Probably with some fabric and a few buckles.

Vegan?

Who knows?

Halal?

Who knows?

Ethical concerns?

Sweatshop product that consumers are misled into buying.

Health concerns?

These carseats meet absolutely no safety standards and are a way of guaranteeing yourself a fine, child endangerment charge, or a dead baby.

Alternative brands:

Anything which has met safety standards.

Are there store brands?

No Western seller would risk stocking a dangerous item like this!

Are baby walkers safe?

Popular brand names:

  • Bright Starts
  • Babymoov
  • Chicco
  • Fisher Price

Generic name: Baby walker.

Can you make it? No.

Vegan?

Yes.

Halal?

Yes.

Ethical concerns?

Try and ensure your company sources its elements ethically. Again, like with carseats, there are no ethical certificates proving that walkers were not made in sweatshop settings.

Health concerns?

Believe it or not, so much as owning a baby walker is illegal in Canada. Why? Because they have been found to delay babies’ physical and mental development and cause injuries.

Why do other countries still sell them? Probably for the same reason these countries sell fabric children’s “carseats” and cot bumpers (I will write about these in the future): because company profit and consumer freedom comes before infant safety. So it’s up to you, but personally I cannot advocate using a baby walker. Try a fixed-place activity centre instead.

Alternative brands:

  • Babylo
  • Brevi
  • Casdon
  • Chad Valley
  • King Baby
  • Red Kite
  • My Child

Are there store brands?

Yes, most baby stores like Mothercare stock their own brand.

Are i-Size carseats safe?

Popular brand names:

  • Britax
  • Joie
  • Maxi-Cosi

Generic name: i-Size car seat.

Can you make it? No.

Vegan?

As long as the components are 100% plant or plastic based.

Halal?

Yes.

Ethical concerns?

Make sure your manufacturer uses factories that work ethically. There is currently no car seat with ethical certification, for example FairTrade.

Health concerns?

Some i-Size car seats have failed the Which? testing. The Nuna Rebl i-Size failed their tests and was rated a “Do Not Buy”. Don’t assume that i-Size certification guarantees safety, and always check with other assessors, like Which?

Alternative brands:

  • Jane
  • Concord
  • Cosatto
  • Cybex
  • Ferrari
  • Ladybird
  • Nania
  • Recaro

Are there store brands?

Yes, many baby stores such as BabiesRUs or Mothercare have their own brands.

Does it have to be Calpol?

Popular brand names: Calpol.

Generic name: Paracetamol oral suspension / ibuprofen oral suspension / infant pain/fever relief.

Active ingredient: Paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Can you make it? No, do not give infants or children adult painkillers.

Vegan?

Any pink one contains carmine, derived from beetles.

Halal?

As pink ones contain carmine, these are haram.

Ethical concerns?

Animal testing was used to derive the product, and the parent company continues to use animal testing. However most medicines containing everyday painkillers have not involved animal testing for over 20 years.

Health concerns?

Paracetamol versions are safe for most children, ibuprofen versions are only at the discretion of your doctor.

Most are now sugar-free.

Alternative brands:

  • Medinol (no carmine)
  • Panadol (no carmine)
  • Sab Simplex

Are there store brands?

Yes, in most big supermarkets and pharmacies.

What makes infacol / colief work?

Popular brand names:

  • Infacol
  • Colief

Generic name: Infant gas/colic/wind relief oral suspension.

Active ingredient: Simethicone.

Can you make it?

Not really.

Vegan?

Vegetarian, no data on vegan or not.

Halal?

No data.

Ethical concerns?

None found.

Health concerns?

None in small doses, but rare side effects include vomiting, mucus in feces, and, in some rare cases, increased wind. If a rash or other serious symptom develops go to emergency services.

Alternative brands:

  • Colic Calm
  • Equate
  • Major
  • Mylicon
  • sab simplex
  • Smart Sense

Are there store brands?

Yes, many pharmacies and some supermarkets stock their own brands, but look for ones with simethicone!

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