FDA WARNING: Teething Medications Deadly In Infants
A teething baby can be an unhappy baby, and it’s not uncommon for parents and caregivers to try and soothe their little one with over-the-counter oral/”gum numbing” medications. U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) officials now warn that teething babies don’t need medicine on their gums and in fact, these popular remedies can cause serious injury and even lead to death.
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In a June 25 article released on the FDA’s Consumer Updates page, the agency states that local anesthetics known as viscous lidocaine, or benzocaine-containing teething products, should never be used for teething children, unless under the direction and supervision of a doctor.