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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.

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.

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