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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!

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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