FDA updates to teething babies and numbing gels


Teething baby or Teething Babies

Updates from the FDA in regards to teething babies and numbing gels.

If your baby is teething don’t use any numbing gels (eg orajel, benzocaine, anbesol).  I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of anyone doing it, but apparently it has happened otherwise the FDA wouldn’t put the warning out.  If your baby is teething don’t use numbing gels on their gums as it can be dangerous for them.  According to the FDA website it can cause “methemoglobinemia” where the oxygen in the blood stream is greatly reduced.

Symptoms and signs include: pale, gray, or blue colored skin or lips, shortness of breath, fatigue, confusion, headache, feeling light headed, and or rapid heart rate.

If you put numbing gel on your baby’s gums and they have any of those symptoms contact emergency services immediately.

To aid in teething they recommend using a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator or to rub the child’s gums with your finger.

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Photo courtesy of FDA.  Link to update from FDA website.