FDA: Avoid Teething Gels With Benzocaine

Baby teethBeware 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.

More on benzocaine from the FDA.

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  1. by Terri N.

    On June 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

    You do not want to let a baby chew on a washcloth because the laundry soap residue in the washcloth can cause allergy or toxin problems. My MIL suggested I use a washcloth for a chew when my daughter was teething and she developed an allergy/toxicity problem that cause her to have ulcerations on her skin.

  2. by Sijai

    On June 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I posted this to my Face Book and hope everyone that reads this passes it on to their sites too!

    Terri, your information is VERY important too! I hope Parents picks up on your post and passes it on too!

    So many things in our environment now can affect our loved ones in so many ways! I read today that GM (genetically modified) foods won’t have to put that on their labels. Who is to know what??