this is what I recently found on the internet as far as teething gel goes. I wanted to know too.
In cases where the infant is in obvious pain, some doctors recommend the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs
) or child-safe pain-relief treatments containing benzocaine
, or choline salicylate
. Benzocaine must be used cautiously because it can cause methemoglobinemia
choline salicylate is related to aspirin
and "may cause Reye's syndrome
in susceptible children, especially those with or recovering from viral infections, or when used in combination with other NSAIDs".
*Methemoglobinemia is a blood disorder in which an abnormal amount of methemoglobin -- a form of hemoglobin
-- is produced. Hemoglobin is the molecule in red blood cells that distributes oxygen to the body. Methemoglobin cannot release oxygen.
In methemoglobinemia, the hemoglobin is unable to release oxygen effectively to body tissues.
I use hyland's products. Hyland's teething tablets and gels however have been evaluated to be safe and effective (as safe as any medication you give your child).
We use the tablets, they can take up to 45 min to work and if my son decides to spit it out after its dissolved I can't just put it back in again and I can't re administer more since I don't know what he got out of the dose to begin with.
We just tried the gel. We are really happy with it. It worked alot faster, he didn't mind it versus the tablets which he clearly doesn't like the taste of. They are sweet, he doesn't like sweet. Odd duck. The gel goes right on the gum, and stays put, he can't really spit it out because I rubbed it in. Its smaller tube that I would prefer but with the tablets, my son gets 3 tablets a dose, and its a 136 count bottle. That lasts us about 23-24 days, at $8. The tube of gel was about $6 and is relatively small. We can use it 15 mins as needed. (we used a tiny ribbon of gel only 4 times today after he was inconsolable before I went to the store and got it, if that says how well it worked for us.)
good luck and happy shopping.