FDA, Teething medicine

In a new development, Federal health officials have warned all the parents about the dangers of using teething remedies on Wednesday. FDA said that the teething medicines contain a popular numbing ingredient and has asked manufacturers to stop selling the products which are meant for babies and toddlers.

As per the Food and Drug Administration, they said that the gels and creams that are used for babies contain a drug named as Benzocaine. This drug can cause rare but deadly side effects in the children who are two years and younger. The agency has already been warning about the products for a decade but said that the warnings are not useful as the reports of illnesses and deaths are continuing to come to us. FDA now wants to take out the teething products off the market, and there is no confirmation on it that whether it will be working or not.

According to the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, “We urge parents, caregivers, and retailers who sell them to heed our warnings and not use over-the-counter products containing benzocaine for teething pain.” The FDA has said that it will be taking legal action against the companies who don’t voluntarily comply with this law. One of the major manufacturers, Church and Dwight Co. Inc., said it would be discontinuing the four Orajel teething brands which include Baby Orajel and Orajel Medicated Teething Swabs on Wednesday.  

Benzocaine is one of the popular drugs which is used in the popular over the counter products for the toothaches and cold stores in adults. The teething products for the adults can remain on the market, but FDA said that it would be adding new warnings for the products. The Church and Dwight Company will continue to sell its other products like Orajel products in the market.

Benzocaine is capable of causing a rare blood condition linked to the potentially deadly breathing problems. This pain relieving ingredient can interfere with the oxygen-carrying protein in the blood, and the symptoms include a headache, shortness of breath and rapid heart rate.

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend teething creams because they usually wash out the baby’s mouth within minutes and the group recommends giving babies teething rings or simply massaging the gums to relieve the pain.  FDA has already issued warning about the teething products in the year 2006, 2011 and 2014.


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