FDA warns parents about unsafe teething products


When your baby is about to cut their first tooth – you’ll probably know it. Teething makes things uncomfortable for your child and for you. As parents, we want our children to feel better, but some remedies may not be safe.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents that over-the-counter teething products containing benzocaine pose a serious risk to infants and children.

The pain reliever is meant to temporarily relieve sore gums, but according to the fda, not only is it not effective but it’s linked to a serious condition that reduces oxygen in the blood, which can lead to death.

So what can parents do to help teething babies?

“The very best thing is pressure and cold – so chew toys, especially the ones you can get in the freezer and get them nice and cold, a cold washcloth to chew on – those are the very best things to do,” Dr. Lauren Storts said.

The FDA also previously cautioned caregivers not to give certain homeopathic teething tablets to children.