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Anbesol Children

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Anbesol children come in a topical liquid and gel, which offers temporary pain relief in the mouth.

Anbesol offers a range of local anaesthetics, including gels and liquids, which come in adult and child strengths. Comparatively, Anbesol children's liquid and gel both contain the same strength and are found behind the counter in the pharmacy.

Who is it for

This local anaesthetic, Lidocaine, provides effective pain relief from mouth pain, ulcers, and denture irritation and is especially effective for babies struggling with teething pain.

The gel is easier to apply to a specific area. At the same time, the liquid is easier to apply to a larger area, including mouthpieces such as a pacifier or dentures. Both liquid and gel are suitable for five months plus.

How does it work?

Anbesol has three key ingredients, which hold two fundamental properties. Lidocaine, one of the ingredients, works as a local anaesthetic. It works temporarily by blocking pain signals, causing numbness and relieving pain in the area it is applied to. The other ingredients, chlorocresol and cetylpyridinium, are antiseptics that help prevent the site from getting infected (further).

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Should anybody not take it

Both are not suitable for babies under five months. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is important you speak to your doctor before using Anbesol. It should not be used for more than seven days when used for teething. If, after seven days of use, Anbesol has not made a difference, speak to your doctor. It is also unsuitable for anyone allergic to any of the listed ingredients in the product. It is unsafe for patients who suffer from porphyria. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is important you speak to your doctor before using Anbesol.

Are there any side effects?

If you think their mouth ulcer has gotten bigger or is not improving while using Anbesol, they should stop using it and ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice. Any side effect will most likely be because of an allergic reaction. If you notice a side effect, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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