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what are the common and safest topical anesthetic for teething children?

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Dr. Marvin Pantangco
Dentistry 21 years experience
Benzocaine: That's the most common teething anesthetic around. It is supposedly safe but some other ingredients like sweeteners that may not be good for your child.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Benzocaine can cause methemoglobinemia. Avoid its use.
Nov 11, 2012
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
OTC products ok: Any over-the-counter anesthetic gel is ok foa a teething baby. So is a slightly frozen washcloth to bite on or other pastic "toys" that can be chilled and let the child keep that in their mouth. Remember, if you do use an anesthetic gel...Don't go overboard and keep applying it. The excess is swollowed and could make the baby sick. Don't forget a glass of wine to help you too.
Dr. William Coppola
Pediatric Dentistry 46 years experience
Benzocaine free: Most pediatric dentists that i know rx baby orajel naturals teething gel. Formula offers relief with chamomile. Free of benzocaine, belladonna, dyes, and parabens, baby orajel naturals homeopathic gel helps your baby sleep more comfortably. It’s effective relief, pure and simple. The term orajel for teething medicine is similar to kleenex for facial tissue. Always try cold and chewy teething rings.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
See below: Baby orajel and hylands teething products are one i used safety and with good effect.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Baby Orajel Naturals: Is the one i like best. However, chewing on something cold and firm is helpful for teething. One idea is to give them a damp washcloth that as been frozen in the freezer to chew on. Commercial teeth rings that can be frozen are available as well. Teething is a normal process. I would avoid medication like painkillers unless absolutely necessary. Most babies really don't need them.
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Used too frequently, topical teething relief products can lead to methemoglobinemia. I avoid their use in young children who are teething, and instead recommend chilled physical methods.
Sep 15, 2013
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Frozen carrots work great.use the stout end though.
Sep 30, 2013

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