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Please read if your baby is teething !!!!!!!!

Posted by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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SUNDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- Parents should not use benzocaine products to relieve teething pain in babies except under the advice and supervision of a health care professional, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Benzocaine is a local anesthetic found in over-the-counter products such as Anbesol, Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase and Hurricane.

The use of benzocaine gels and liquids to relieve gum and mouth pain can lead to a rare but potentially deadly condition called methemoglobinemia, in which the amount of oxygen carried through the bloodstream is greatly reduced. Children under 2 years old are at particular risk for the condition, the FDA said in a news release.

The agency first warned about the potential dangers of benzocaine in 2006 and has since received 29 reports of benzocaine gel-related cases of methemoglobinemia. Nineteen of those cases occurred in children, 15 of them under 2 years of age.

The FDA also noted that parents may have difficulty recognizing the symptoms of methemoglobinemia, which include: pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips and nail beds; shortness of breath; fatigue; confusion; headache; light-headedness and rapid heart rate.

Symptoms can occur within minutes to hours after benzocaine use, and after using the drug for the first time or after several uses. Parents should immediately call 911 (or the local emergency number outside the United States) if a child has symptoms of methemoglobinemia after being given benzocaine, the FDA said in the news release.

Instead of using benzocaine to ease teething pain, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents give a child a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator, or use a finger to gently rub or massage the child's gums.

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by Ruby Member on Jul. 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM
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I've never used this anyway because of the effect it has on the throat and swallowing. We use cold things and homeopathic pills.
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by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Never used that crap!
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by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Thanks for posting this! I don't use it for this reason plus my DD would.rather chew my finger off lol!
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by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I have never used any of that stuff. I use hyland's brand homeopathic teething tablets which work wonders and I give her ice water in a sippy cup or a frozen teething ring.
by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I've said this for so long!! Our daughter has a heart defect and I used that as a reason to not use benzocaine. I knew something terrible was bound to come from that garbage eventually!
I use hyland's teething tablets few and far between, esp after the recall for not being consistent with the amount of belladonna. I'd still take teething tablets over a numbing chemical any day.
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by Christa on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:29 PM
wow! is that why i cant find any baby oragel? glad to know this. i used it for my other kids and luckily they're fine. how scary :(
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