Benadryl for teething pain relief?

Mélanie - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )




I was told today that instead of using oragel (anbesol) for pain relief from teething, I could apply benadryl on my son's gums. Anybody tried it and did you have positive results?


User - posted on 06/26/2010




I finally gave in and tried the Benadryl last night. Our daughter is getting four teeth and she and I are miserable!! Nothing worked...not the teething tablets, oragel, or Ibuprofen (and I tried combining them.) She slept through the night last night! I just dipped my finger in it and rubbed it on her gums. My guess is that it works because the Benadryl helps to decrease the inflammation. We use it for allergic reactions for that reason. That is the only thing that I can figure. That "dosage" of just dipping my finger in is not enough to make her that sleepy.

Misty - posted on 05/22/2009




I would ask your doctor first. One thing that has worked for all of my teething kids has been frozen waffels. They chew on them and the dribble collects in the little squares.

Mélanie - posted on 05/22/2009




Thanks you guys for your input...I was told by two pharmacists that Benadryl could be applied directly to gums, but not more than 3-4 times a day. I tried the teething tablet, the brand I got was ERA R combination, but was based in lactose. Worked wonders on gums (had'nt used oragel in a week) but gave him terrible gas (well, I think it was the cause!). Since discontinuing them, had to use oragel, and it seems that gases were better. Are the teething tablets you were using made in a base of lactose?? What's the brand and are they available up north, in Canada?

Sarah - posted on 04/18/2012




NO! Benadryl is an antihistamine (for allergies). It's not going to take your child's pain away, it will sedate them (a common side effect). Pain is still felt in sleep. Not only that but children are medicated according to weight, if you do this you can overdose your baby and potentially kill them or cause organ damage. If you need medication to control teething pain, oral Tylenol or ibuprofen (dose according to your doctor or manufacturers instructions) is a WAY better choice.

Shalah - posted on 06/26/2010




I used clove oil on my babies gums. It stings for a sec and then goes totally numb. Use it on my own toothaches, too.

But mostly just teething buiscuits were all they needed. Pain is nature's way of telling you something, and their gums hurting makes them bite and grind to get the tooth through the gum.

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Nikki - posted on 06/26/2010




I was always told never to give a baby benadryl, we use tylenol if its really bad, gripe water when its not so bad

Lori - posted on 05/22/2009




Oragel is very temporary only about 20 minutes of relief. you can follow up oragel with childrens liquid benadryl or ibuprofen benadryl is just mildy sedating doesn;t help the pain that much ibuprofen is better, then there is that 10% of the population that has paradoxicl excitation from benadryl, (it makes em hyper) check with your pediatrician for dosing.I had a dr prescribe benadryl for my three month old that had a reaction to his dpt that was 18 years ago it worked great but its mostly just sedating same active ingredient as nytol.

?? - posted on 05/22/2009




Hylands Teething Tablets are THE BEST !!!!!!! My son hasn't been having an issue teething at all really besides the insane amounts of drool and chewing on anything he can get in his mouth but every once and awhile, he goes absolutely berserko over his teeth and those teething tablets are the ONLY thing that sooth him. I give him 1 tablet, feed a small bottle, give him another tablet in the middle and he's good to go!

They're completely natural and he even kinda has fun playing with it with his tongue as it disolves nearly immediately. I've tried orajel, anbesol, bendryl - none of it works but these teething tablets are amazing and start working immediately.

Tiffany - posted on 05/22/2009




HI! I used benadryl for my son as well, i just got the off brand (CVS/ Walgreens) and dipped my finger in and rubbed it on his gums, mostly at night or naptime, b/c it WILL make him sleepy. I started when he was like 6 mos or so. Also look for HYLANDS HOMEOPATHIC TEETHING TABLETS< they work the best for him, and my son refuses orajel, so I had to find something. Not sure if they sell in canada, but i am sure you can get them online! hope it helps

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Like a few others on here, I would highly recommend the Hyland's teething tablets. Up until recently have I found them at Walmart. Before that, the only place I could find them at was Walgreens or CVS or the like. My son HATED orajel (who wouldn't?!) and Tylenol or Motrin never really worked all the way...but those Hylands things do. I don't know how they work, but they do it well.

Jennifer - posted on 05/22/2009




Yeah I would ask the Dr. I didn't think you could give Benadryl to anyone under 6. You can also get teething tablets from Target (ask at the PHarmacy) or at a natural food store that work wonders and are all natural.

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I personally wouldn't do that because it makes my daughter sleepy and drugged acting. Abby cut her teeth four at a time and the oragel made her unable to swallow good because it numbs the throat too. That worried me so I tried some of the "Teething Tablets". They are all natural and non medicated. They dissolve almost instantly under the tongue (or in the mouth as Abby would NEVER let me put it under her tongue) and they worked wonders for her. We didn't use orajel or anything other than the tablets for all of hers..even the back ones and she done wonderful. I've actually used them I was dying with a toothache and had nothing to help, so I ate some of those...granted a lot more than I would give her, but it did help me too...almost instantly. However, a friend of mine tried them with her son and they didn't help, so I guess it's all on how the child does with them, but you could try. I do recommend them. You can get them at most Walmarts.

Heather - posted on 05/22/2009




I've never heard of that. I just always used the teething tablets instead. Those worked well for my daughter.

Mandy - posted on 05/22/2009




I haven't tried it, but it seems like sound advice. We buy Hyland's Teething Tablets at the grocery store pharmacy (ours is Albertson's) They are homeopathic, and they work really, really well. Cooper stops fussing and crying almost immediately. Then he just goes back to chewing on whatever is handy.

Cathy - posted on 05/22/2009




I asked my pharmacist about a baby Benadryl for allergies and he said they don't make one. There is no Benadryl made for infants, so talk to your doctor first. Babies need to take the pressure off of their gums by chewing and using frozen cloths or waffels as mentioned by the other moms. I believe in trying natural solutions before medications. Good luck!

Brianna - posted on 05/22/2009




I've never heard of that to use on teething, the only thing that, that will probably do is nock u'r child out to sleep. I used oragel and would put a washcloth, wet it a little and put it in the freezer, this would give the baby relief, with the cold for the swelling, my daughter loved it. Also the other medication I heard of was ibuprofin for the swelling, which I also used. I did not seem to have all that big of a problem, maybe I was lucky, also all of my daughters teeth were in between 4-7 months old. I think the biggest problem I had was the drooling, but besides that, I have never heard of benadryl for teething. I wish you luck at this time in you're life. I also hope everything works out for you.

Glendeen - posted on 05/22/2009




My sister-in-law and brother used it on both their boys and said it worked wonders. I tried it but my daughter is so off and on with the pain that I never know whats working for her.

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