WASHINGTON | US officials: Some teething medicines unsafe for children

Nora Nguyen
May 26, 2018

These frozen toys can injure and cause more pain in baby's mouth. You swing, rock and walk with your baby for what seems like hours. The AAP does not recommend these gels and suggests teething rings and massaging the gums to ease the teething pain. You repeat all of the above in what seems like an endless loop of desperation as you attempt to soothe your very uncomfortable little one.

And, as always, store all drug products where children can't reach them, the agency said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned parents on Wednesday about the dangers posed by teething remedies that contain the numbing ingredient benzocaine.

Many over the counter products designed for teething pain contain benzocaine, a chemical that may pose serious health risks for infants and children.

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The FDA is also requiring manufacturers of all prescription local anesthetics to standardize warning information about the risk of methemoglobinemia in product labeling across this class of products.

The FDA said that the drug used in various gels and creams can cause potentially deadly side effects in children, particularly those below 2 years old.

Generally, these products are used by the parents to lessen their child's teething pain. Now it wants the teething product off the market. In this condition, the blood oxygen level is decreased dangerously, which can be fatal.

The press release states that if companies do not comply, the FDA will initiate a regulatory action to remove these products from the market. Symptoms include a gray or bluish appearance, especially in the lips and nail beds, as well as rapid breathing and an elevated heart rate.

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The child can start showing symptoms of methemoglobinemia in few minutes after using these products. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products. "Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush", the AAPD website stated.

Dr. Lisa Thebner, a New York-based pediatrician, said parents still ask about the products with some frequency.

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