FDA: Teething anesthetics could be deadly for children

FDA: Teething anesthetics could be deadly for children

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.

The issued warning referred to benzocaine teething products for not being able to demonstrate sufficient benefits.

Over-the-counter teething products that contain the pain reliever benzocaine are unsafe to your child and should not be used, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned parents this week.

FDA issues warning about dangers of teething products that contain the drug benzocaine.

Pharmacists can play an important role in postmarketing surveillance of benzocaine products by reporting methemoglobinemia cases to the FDA's MedWatch program. Benzocaine has been found to have deadly adverse effects especially when used in children below the age of two say the officials.

So what's a desperate parent to do?

Health officials warn of teething gel side effects

The agency said parents of teething children should follow advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The video warned parents about these risks, also urging them to avoid homeopathic teething products. Inc., said Wednesday it would discontinue its four Orajel teething brands, including Baby Orajel and Orajel Medicated Teething Swabs.

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

The FDA plans to take action if a company doesn't remove teething products that contain benzocaine.

The products-sold under brand names like Orajel and Chloraseptic, as well as store brands and generics-are often used for relief from sore throats, canker sores and other oral irritations, according to the FDA. Signs and symptoms may occur after using benzocaine for the first time, or after prior uses and may appear within minutes to 1 to 2 hours after using benzocaine. Symptoms include rapid heart rate, lightheadedness, difficulty breathing, sleepiness, headache, skin that is pale and nails that are blue or gray. The Agency will continue to monitor the safety of benzocaine-containing products and will take further action if necessary. "Rubbing their gum or giving them something hard, like a teething ring, it will be a much bigger help".

Paducah pediatrician Dr. Van Meeks says there are major concerns with long-term use of the products.

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