FDA says teething medicines unsafe for babies

FDA says teething medicines unsafe for babies

Benzocaine is marketed as a way to ease the pain of a variety of oral health problems, including teething, sore throat, canker sores, and irritation of the mouth and gums. "If companies do not comply, we will take action to remove these products from the market", the FDA said. The agency is also asking manufacturers to add warnings on all oral health products that contain the numbing ingredient.

The agency has been warning about the products for a decade but said reports of illnesses and deaths have continued. In this condition, the blood oxygen level is decreased dangerously, which can be fatal.

Benzocaine can cause a condition called methmoglobinemia, which can be deadly. Symptoms include a gray or bluish appearance, especially in the lips and nail beds, as well as rapid breathing and an elevated heart rate.

Scott Gottlieb, the FDA commissioner, recently proclaimed about the sunscreen 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. It suggests that parents can rub their babies' gums to give them temporary relief. The OTC benzocaine products should only be used sparingly in adults, and children 2 years and older and not more than four times a day.

"These products carry serious risks and provide little to no benefit for the treatment of oral pain including teething", health officials said in Wednesday's announcement.

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The drug is found in popular over-the-counter brands like Orajel and Anbesol, AP said.

It is made by the New Jersey-based Church and Dwight Co. The symptoms can start minutes after a product is used or up to one to two hours later. Belladonna and benzocaine are marketed to numb your child's pain, but the FDA has issued warnings against both due to potential side effects.

"Here you have a product that doesn't really help and can induce harm", says Meeks. In that statement, the FDA said it planned to monitor benzocaine products, and would update advisories as needed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has told parents to use alternatives such as hard rubber teething products and to avoid frozen teething toys, as they can injure a baby's mouth and cause more pain.

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