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How To Help Teething Babies: Benzocaine Medicines Unsafe, FDA Warns

How To Help Teething Babies: Benzocaine Medicines Unsafe, FDA Warns

"Due to the significant safety risk of methemoglobinemia, we have urged manufacturers that they should stop marketing over-the-counter oral drug products for treating teething in infants and children younger than 2 years". The latest target? Children's gel teething products that contain the painkiller benzocaine. Products containing benzocaine are sold as gels, sprays, ointments, solutions and lozenges under such over-the-counter brand names Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricane, Orabase, Orajel and Topex, the FDA said. The agency has been warning about the product for a decade but said reports of illnesses and deaths have continued.

The food you may want to eat if you're trying to get pregnant and why some teething products are risky for children. "No" and told parents to instead gently rub a child's gums with a finder or use a firm rubber teething ring.

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.

Renee venable is concerned after using oragel, a product that contains a numbing agent called benzocaine.

FDA said it is acting now because of mounting evidence on benzocaine's dangers. The FDA says these products should no longer be used on children under 2.

The FDA said it will take legal action against companies that don't voluntarily remove their products for young children.

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In January 2017, the FDA warned against homeopathic teething tablets after finding "inconsistent amounts of belladonna" that sometimes far exceeded the amounts indicated on the label.

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

Benzocaine is used in products to treat not just teething, but also sore throats, canker sores, and other oral irritations.

On May 22, the FDA issued a warning about over-the-counter products containing benzocaine, citing "serious safety concerns" and a "lack of efficacy for teething".

Wednesday's action comes more than four years after the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to stop sales of teething products.

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday asked companies including Church & Dwight Co.


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