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FDA Warns Parents To Avoid Teething Medications For Infants

May 24, 2018

Teething for infants is painful and for parents heartbreaking but a natural part of life.  But if you seek out teething pain relief in the form of popular over the counter numbing medications, the government is warning you not to do it.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that various gels containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. The numbing agent, found in Orajel, Cepacol and Anbesol can cause a rare blood condition linked to breathing problems. The government will require warning labels on all gum numbing products that contain benzocaine.  The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP)  recommends parents and caregivers  to use a teething ring made of firm rubber (not frozen), or to gently rub or massage the child’s gums with a finger to relieve symptoms. The AAP notes that pain relievers and medications that are rubbed on the gums for teething are not useful because they wash out of the baby’s mouth within minutes and may present safety concerns.

SOURCE: Food and Drug Administration

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