STOP Using Teething Gels on Babies!

Thanks to the FDA, my daughter is safe…I have been warned!

On Friday, June 1, a consumer update was released by the FDA about teething gels for babies. Many babies do not do well when they start teething. Up till now, our options have been teething tablets, teething gels or teethers to help soothe sore gums. Well now teething gels are not an option due to the ingredient benzocaine. Benzocaine is a local anesthetic and is supposed to soothe sore gums, but it “can lead to a rare but serious—and sometimes fatal—condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced.” In extreme cases methemoglobinemia can lead to death with children under the age of 2 being at higher risk. The signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia are not easy to recognize for parents so it is best to discontinue use of teething gels for babies under the age of 2, except under the supervision of a doctor.

Some of the over the counter (OTC) pain gels that contain benzocaine: Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase.

Just last week, we bought an OTC teething gel for my teething daughter. Unfortunately we have used it twice on her but now it is going in the trash. This warning could not have come at a better time for me and hopefully you too!

Here is a list of 10 natural teething remedies.