FDA: Avoid Teething Gels With Benzocaine
Beware baby teething gels! The Federal Drug Administration has re-issued a warning that they made last spring against gels made with benzocaine, a local anesthetic used to soothe teething pain. The substance can cause methemoglobinemia, a serious, and sometimes deadly, condition that reduces oxygen in the bloodstream. Benzocaine can be found in name-brand products such as Baby Orajel, Orajel, Anbesol, Hurricaine, and Orabase.
We suggest soothing your babe’s gums with a benzocaine-free gel such as Baby Orajel Naturals and Camilia from Boiron. You can also let her use chew on cold teething toys or washcloths,or give her a gum message to help ease her discomfort.
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