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Bonjela Junior Gel

Written by Healthwords's team of doctors and pharmacists based in UK | Updated: 23.05.2023 | 2 min read

Bonjela Junior Gel is an over-the-counter medication that can be used by children over the age of 5 months, and is also safe for use by adults and the elderly.

Who is it for?

Bonjela Junior Gel can be used by children and adults over the age of 5 months. Bonjela Junior helps to relieve pain, discomfort and inflammation caused by mouth ulcers. It can also be used to treat pain in the mouth caused by other conditions such as cold sores and sore spots from dentures and braces.

How does it work?

Bonjela Junior contains different active ingredients to the adult formulation, and does not contain a group of chemicals called salicylates. This makes it safer for use in children. The first ingredient is the antiseptic cetylpyridinium chloride which is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent. The second is the local anaesthetic lidocaine that works by numbing the local area where it is applied thus relieving pain and discomfort.

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Should anyone avoid taking it?

Don’t use Bonjela Junior for teething problems, you should use Bonjela teething gel instead. Bonjela Junior shouldn’t be used by children under 5 months of age. If you take any medications such as propranolol, cimetidine, or a group of medications known as water tablets (diuretics), you should discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before using Bonjela. These medications increase the risk of experiencing side effects of the ingredient lidocaine.

Are there any side effects?

As with any medications, some people are bound to get some unwanted side effects. Some of the common ones include headaches, skin rash, low energy.

If you have shortness of breath, swelling of the mouth or tongue, or breathing difficulty and think this could be a severe allergic reaction you should call 999.

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