The FDA feels—and Drs. Cindy & Ryan Knight agrees—that topical pain relievers applied to children’s gums are not useful because they wash out of the baby’s mouth within minutes, and some—such as benzocaine—are harmful or even fatal to young children. Oral viscous lidocaine falls into the same category as benzocaine—when too much is ingested by a young child, the results can range from seizures and brain injury to death.
By the time children turn 3, most of them have had 20 baby teeth push through their gums, so they will have had sore or tender gums during that time. Rather than use of a topical pain reliever, try gently rubbing their gums with a cool spoon, a moist gauze pad, a clean finger, or a chilled teething ring.
As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to schedule a dental visit. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a child’s first dental visit take place within 6 months after the first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday.
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