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March 2020 Review and Update 

Teething: Bonjela Review 

Bonjela update


Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Report Outcomes:


  1. There is no evidence to suggest Teething gels and powders are effective. There is evidence to suggest that these could have harmful effects.

  2. In the review, it was found that only 447 incidents of lidocaine poisoning to children had been reported to the UK National Poisons Information Service over three years, 437 of which had caused ‘minor’ or ‘no harm.’

  3. Although many of these products have been licensed and marketed for a long time, high-quality clinical data supporting their efficacy in teething are not available.’


Safe Advice:


  1. To help babies and children with teething, parents and caregivers should try non-medicine options such as rubbing or massaging the gums or giving a teething baby something to chew on like a teething ring that’s been in the fridge.

Department of Health : DoH: Corporate report, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2017 to 2018

CHC  4th of March 2019 Review and Update 

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