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Blatant Product Endorsement: RINCINOL

Now, most everyone is probably unfamiliar with this product.

But if you get canker sores inside your mouth, then you NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH RINCINOL!!! (The company also recommends it for pain from irritation from braces.)

Rincinol, packaging and product

Rincinol, packaging and product

It is a wonder product!

It turns a week of pain, causing difficulty eating and talking, into three days of mild discomfort.

My canker sores are usually triggered by anxiety, stomach upset, and/or biting the inside of my cheek.

When I first got canker sores, I would put some kind of ointment (It may have been Colgate Orabase) on them. It was meant to numb the area. And it worked. But once the numbness wore off, it just felt like the sore hurt 100 times worse.

So, then I used nothing at all. Which, was painful.

Then I discovered Rincinol! I think I may have gotten a sample from my dentist.

Rincinol is great!

It is a mouthwash that you slosh in your mouth for a minute. Then spit, do not rinse. Do not eat or drink for an hour. My commute to work used to be an hour, so this wasn’t a problem. And I would use it before bed. And sometimes an hour in the middle of the day as well.

It can be used as often as you like!

Safe for children!

It tastes slightly sweet, sort of like licorice. I don’t like licorice, but I don’t find offense to it. It lightly coats everything inside of your mouth (including your mouth boo-boo) and makes it all feel like Heaven. It doesn’t numb the sore, it just coats it so that saliva and whatever else is in your mouth doesn’t irritate it for the next hour or two.

When it wears off, it will feel slightly better than before. You won’t have a sudden throbbing pain return like I had experienced with the other product.

Don’t believe my rave reviews? Check out the 4 1/2 star rating out of a possible 5 starts at Walgreens.com.

This leads me to the two negatives with this product:

1. It can be a little pricey.
But if you are in mouth pain, you will probably be prepared to pay whatever it takes to make the pain go away. A 4.0 oz bottle usually lasts me through about 3 canker sores.

2. It is hard to find.
I could only ever find it at my local Walgreens. Last time, they did not have any, so I ordered 3 bottles off Walgreens.com. (Why 3? Because the third bottle got me into free shipping.) Now I need a new supply, and as I look today, I see that Walgreens.com is out of stock on this wonderful product:( They claim my local Walgreens will have it in stock. I will definitely be paying a visit there tomorrow to find out.

I wrote this post to pass along info about this great product. BUT ALSO because I am afraid that the company will quit making it (it has gone through several owners/manufacturers in the time I have known about it).

Try this product. If you love it, let the company know!

Bathtime

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I guess every kid has an issue with something. My son (“M” for the sake of the blogosphere) has an issue with the bathtub. As an adult educated in the laws and reasons of science, I do not understand it. But, I am not 18 months old.

Baths for my son started in the usual way—in a baby bathtub, in the kitchen sink. He hated baths at first. But we just figured that was because he was probably cold. He was only 5 lb. 11 oz. when he was born. And at three weeks old, we realized our furnace had been running inefficiently for some time. Especially because it died and we had to buy a new one.

Once the weather warmed up and our baby fattened up, things started to go better. Throughout the summer and into the fall, we moved him into the big tub. It was a fairly smooth transition.

In November of 2011, M had to get a tube put into his left kidney that went out to an external bag that we had to hang on his back. He had the bag through January of 2012. In that time, we gave him sponge baths. In the living room. My mom thought we should have given them to him in the kitchen sink. I stood by the fact that he was too big for that now, and might rip the faucet off or something. And, truth be told, I liked to watch TV while we bathed him. He got to where he hated this, and would cling to one of us (mom or dad) screaming, while the other (dad or mom) did the best they could to wash him as quickly as possible. (As it was winter again, we chalked it up to that he was probably cold.) Sometimes this ritual would be followed by changing the bandage over his tube site. It wasn’t oozy or anything. We changed it to keep it well covered and keep infection out. But it required much screaming (by my son) and anxiety (from the parents). That may not have helped the situation either.

A week after the tube was removed I was very excited to return him to a more standard bathing routine. I plopped him in the normal tub in about an inch of water and…he screamed his head off and stood up and clutched my shirt as if I was trying to drown him. This went on for what seemed like an eternity. In reality, it was probably only a few months.

I asked the pediatrician what she thought. She hypothesized that he was just so traumatized by having the same major surgery twice and being stuck with needles by strangers, etc. that it was bound to manifest itself in some way. A great idea with probably some truth, but not a help in revolving said situation. I asked for advice from family members. Sister-in-Law suggested I let him play in the tub without water in it. I did. He was fine with that. But somehow, that ease of attitude didn’t translate to being naked in the tub with water.

So, he was standing and screaming and clutching. Until, one day, out of the blue, he figured out that he could splash his foot in the water. His right foot, to be exact. Then the screaming seemed to stop. He began to hold on to the side of the tub and, while standing, splash his right foot in the water. So no more clutching my shirt. And he would splash his left foot sometimes now too. I can wash pretty much any part of him, and he doesn’t mind, as long as he can splash his feet.

You are right, this is a big improvement, except HE IS STILL STANDING UP! He holds on to the bathtub edge for support, and it gets all slippery with water and soap. He is leaning down the whole time to watch his foot splashes. With his head hanging over the edge of the tub. One time, early on, as he was doing this, I was sitting in front of him. All of a sudden he had fallen head first out of the tub and done a sort of somersault into my lap. Suddenly I had a wet, slippery baby in my lap. I put him right back in the tub and he was unphased. He went back to stomping his foot and splashing the water.

If I try to sit him down in the tub, he screams. I have bath toys floating around. He might try to step on one with his foot if it floats by, but otherwise he ignores them. Have you ever tried to wash a child’s hair when their head isn’t even inside the tub, but hanging over the edge? I try to rinse it out and I end up with wet knees and a wet bathmat.

I fell like, if we can get over this hump of him sitting down in the bath, we will be caught up to where we should have been by now. If we hadn’t of lost three months to the nephro tube and sponge baths. It does seem as though persistence pays off eventually with him. I know it did with him falling asleep at bedtime. Hmmm…Maybe I could avoid all this by just giving him a shower instead?

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