Providing dental care for your baby is about more than just keeping their mouth clean. 

In one of our previous blogs, we went over a few tips for caring for your baby’s teeth, and we also talked about the importance of proper dental care at an early age. Although keeping your baby’s mouth clean and free of bacteria is an incredibly important step to proper dental care, there is more to it than that. As your baby’s teeth start to come in, your baby is likely to be in pain and not very happy, and it’s natural that you would want to do whatever you can to ease their discomfort. But it is important to note that not all treatments are created equal, and there is one that you should avoid altogether, teething gel.

The dangers of teething gels.

Teething gels contain viscous lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic that a baby can easily overdose on when given teething gel. An overdose of viscous lidocaine can lead to a variety of issues, including heart problems, brain injury, jitteriness, vision issues, shaking, seizures, vomiting and in extreme cases, even death. Another common local anesthetic used in teething gel is benzocaine, and using products that contain benzocaine can lead to a very rare condition called methemoglobinemia. Kids under 2 years old are at a higher risk for methemoglobinemia, which reduces the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream and can be fatal.

Is there a safer way to ease your baby’s discomfort?

There are many safe alternatives to teething gels. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn about some of them.