Baby Teething Drugs Contain Potentially Deadly Ingredient, FDA Warns

Baby Teething Drugs Contain Potentially Deadly Ingredient, FDA Warns

Lastly, the FDA has sent a letter to manufacturers asking them to stop selling teething products with benzocaine in them - and said it will take legal action against companies that refuse to comply with the FDA's warning. Inc., which makes Orajel, said it was pulling four Orajel teething products, CBS reported. The agency has been warning the public about the dangers of these products, but reports of illnesses and deaths over the past decade have continued.

The FDA has also noted that there is "no demonstrated benefit" from these topical anesthetics in babies and children, meaning that you have a risky product that doesn't actually do much to help relieve teething discomfort.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it is never too early to start brushing baby gums with a soft infant toothbrush (or just a cloth and water) every day.

Signs and symptoms include short breath and pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips and nails, as well as fatigue, dizziness, headache and a fast heart rate.

Over-the-counter teething products that contain the pain reliever benzocaine are risky to your child and should not be used, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned parents this week.


This is not the first warning about benzocaine from the FDA. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb also noted that benzocaine, which is an anesthetic, can pose a safety risk when used on children. This warning highlighted the overuse of teething products containing benzocaine.

Companies are being urged to voluntarily halt sales of-and parents are being urged to eschew-these sore gum treatments, which are commonly used to treat pain related to teething and other various mouth irritations.

The agency has warned parents about certain teething products in the past.

Benzocaine gels and liquids are sold OTC under different brand names such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase, and store brands. The FDA will continue to monitor the safety of benzocaine products and will take additional actions as appropriate. They say using these products can lead to a serious and sometimes fatal condition.

These new directives may have parents wondering - what are they supposed to do with a teething baby?

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