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is it okay to use orajel on babies? i'd rather use natural means of helping with teething pain, but nothing else seems to work.

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Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Small quantities : Small quantities are safe to use, but i would only use it if absolutely necessary (if needed to fall asleep). The effect is only very temporary. Give him something cold to chew on instead (frozen washcloth, teething ring) during the day. This will feel good and help the teeth come in as well.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
Orajel is OK: Orajel is safe and if it is effective for your child, by all means continue to use it. The teething period doesn't last all that long and if you can ease your baby's pain a little, it is well worth it. In the meantime, you can always continue your search for an effective all natural product. Remember to share it with us!
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Try: Try orajel natural. Orajel that contains Benzocaine has a very rare risk of methemoglobinemia. Baby Motrin or baby tylenol (acetaminophen) usually work better and last longer. You can also try a chilled pacifier or teething ring.

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Last updated May 18, 2016

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