Recently The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned parents about the dangers of using teething products that contain the popular numbing agent benzocaine. We are sharing the news here, as it is important for parents and family of teething children to know.
The FDA informs that benzocaine can have a rare, but serious side effect on children, and especially those under 2 years old. The local anesthetic can cause a condition called methemoglobinemia, which reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood and can be life-threatening.
FDA officials requested that these products no longer be marketed or sold – or, at the least, that companies add warnings with up to date drug safety information to all oral health products containing benzocaine. You should be noticing the changes soon, and may have seen articles in CNN, Time, and other national news sources.
So as a Parent, What Should You Do?