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Bonjela Junior Gel

Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen MartinReviewed on 19.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Bonjela Junior Gel is an over-the-counter medication that children can use over the age of 5 months, and is also safe for use by adults and the elderly. This product is not available in the US, but Bonjela adult can be used in people over the age of 16 years, and Bonjela teething gel can be used in children less than 16 years.

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 than 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 cetylpyridinum chloride, a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent. The second is the local anesthetic lidocaine, which numbs the local area where it is applied, thus relieving pain and discomfort.

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 water tablets (diuretics), you should discuss it 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?

Some people are bound to get unwanted side effects, as with any medication. Some common ones include headaches, skin rash, and 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 911.

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Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed on 19.10.2023
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