• FDA Warns That Benzocaine Teething Products Are Not Safe for Children

    1 month ago - By Time

    The Food and Drug Administration warned parents on Wednesday about the dangers of using teething products that contain the popular numbing agent benzocaine.
    The FDA said 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 a person's blood and can be life-threatening, according to the FDA.
    The agency also sent a letter asking manufacturers to stop selling products aimed at babies and toddlers, prompting at least one major...
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  • Stop Using OTC Benzocaine Teething Products, FDA Says

    1 month ago - By Medscape

    The agency will also increase warnings on all benzocaine-containing over-the-counter and prescription topical anesthetics because of the rare but serious risk for methemoglobinemia.
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  • Teething gels like Orajel and Bonjela carry deadly side effects for babies and toddlers, FDA warns

    Teething gels like Orajel and Bonjela carry deadly side effects for babies and toddlers, FDA warns

    1 month ago - By Daily Mail

    The agency has been warning about the products for a decade but said reports of illnesses and deaths continue. Now, it wants teething products off the market, noting there is little evidence they work.
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  • FDA Takes Action Against Teething Products, Makers

    FDA Takes Action Against Teething Products, Makers

    1 month ago - By Web MD

    The FDA previously warned consumers about the risks of benzocaine, which includes a risk of developing a disease known as methemoglobinemia, which can raise the levels of methemoglobin in the blood while dangerously lowering blood oxygen levels.
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