FDA Warns Infant Teething Medications Are Unsafe

FDA Warns Infant Teething Medications Are Unsafe

FDA Warns Infant Teething Medications Are Unsafe

The FDA has warned against the use of certain baby teething medications.

The FDA has warned against the use of teething products containing a substance that can "pose a serious risk" to infants and children.

The health agency is also asking that companies add warnings for adults and children age 2 and up to oral-health products containing benzocaine, a common ingredient in pain-relieving oral gels, sprays, ointments and lozenges.

The FDA will also require that prescription local anesthetics for teething children update their product box warnings to let parents know that they too may lead to methemoglobinemia. The benzocaine may pose serious health risks to infants and toddlers.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), oral teething gels or creams are not of much use because they get washed away in saliva in a few minutes. Parents can avoid giving food such as refined sugar, potatoes, and flour, which can cause inflammation.

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Renee venable is concerned after using oragel, a product that contains a numbing agent called benzocaine.

Benzocaine is associated with a risky health condition called methemoglobinemia, which causes the amount of oxygen carried through the blood to be greatly reduced. Symptoms include rapid heart rate, lightheadedness, difficulty breathing, sleepiness, headache, skin that is pale and nails that are blue or gray. Sometimes, it can take 1-2 Hours to show the symptoms. Pharmacists should advise patients experiencing any of these symptoms to seek emergency medical attention.

In addition to warning consumers this week, the FDA sent a letter (pdf) to companies that sell these products, request that they discontinue any lines marketed for teething relief. Further, he explained that FDA has found these products claiming to offer protection from the sun. Also, use of such product can put people's health at risk. Jeff has written for several publications including the Calgary Herald, Bleacher Report and CBC News. When he's not busy writing, Jeff enjoys backpacking and kayaking.

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