More Doctors Are Now Warning Parents to Stop Using Lidocaine Solutions for Babies That Are Teething
In June of this year, the FDA released a warning to doctors and parents alike about the risk of using lidocaine solutions to numb the pain the babies and toddlers experience while teething. The FDA, along with many doctors, have warned parents to stop using medications that claim to do so as soon as possible.
A medicated topical numbing gel that comes in either the form of lidocaine or benzocaine is usually used or suggested as babies between the ages of 6 months and 3 year begin to get a new tooth. The medications, however, have been linked to serious side effects or even death. These side effects include seizures, confusion, and heart abnormalities. Furthermore, because the amount used is sometimes difficult to measure, parents usually end up using too much. Given that the medication only works for a few minutes, many doctors now agree that the risk is clearly not worth it.
The FDA has also previously sent out warnings related to OTC topical benzocaine teething medications, which have resulted in a rare but life-threatening condition called methemoglobinemia. Some OTC benzocaine gels and liquids are sold under brand names such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase.
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