Katie Dehart is excited that her baby boy teething, but admits it's not always easy. You swing, rock and walk with your baby for what seems like hours. You repeat all of the above in what seems like an endless loop of desperation as you attempt to soothe your very uncomfortable little one.
The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers Wednesday to stop using over-the-counter teething products that contain benzocaine. The FDA says products that contain the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects especially for children under 2.
The FDA also says it can be unsafe. Benzocaine products are not effective for teething since they wash out of the mouth within minutes.
So what's a desperate parent to do? "No" and told parents to instead gently rub a child's gums with a finder or use a firm rubber teething ring.
The agency now wants teething products off the market as it has been alerting people about the products for a decade.
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The FDA said that if companies that make these products do not stop selling them, it will take regulatory action to get the products out of stores.
Benzocaine can trigger methemoglobinemia, a condition caused by elevated levels of a form of hemoglobin called methemoglobin.
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Benzocaine is used in products to treat not just teething, but also sore throats, canker sores, and other oral irritations.
According to the FDA, there have been approximately 400 cases of benzocaine-associated methemoglobinemia, with 11 patients younger than 2 years of age. Those symptoms include pale, gray- or blue-colored skin, lips and nail beds, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, lightheadedness and rapid heart rate. The Agency will continue to monitor the safety of benzocaine-containing products and will take further action if necessary. Pressure from rubbing the baby's gums with a clean finger or a moistened gauze pad may help ease the baby's discomfort. The agent is also found in generic teething products.
Paducah pediatrician Dr. Van Meeks says there are major concerns with long-term use of the products.