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Benzocaine Teething Medicine a Big No-No!

Jul 14, 2014

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Recently, the FDA issued a new warning against the use of benzocaine gels and liquids for teething pain. (See HERE). These local anesthetics (found in over the counter products such as Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase, Anbesol, & Hurricane) are now NOT advised for any child under 2 years of age. The issue of using these benzocaine products is the rare but serious risk of inducing a potentially fatal condition known as methemoglobinemia. Methemoglobinemia is a disorder that causes the amount of oxygen carried in the bloodstream to be greatly reduced.

Instead, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend using safer alternatives like teething rings and cold wash clothes to help your little one get through the irritability and discomfort of teething pain. See my previous post on teething (HERE) or check out this Parents Magazine article (HERE) for more tips on getting your tot safely through this drooling phase.

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