Teething troubles: FDA warns against medicated gels

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – When your baby is teething, everyone can get stressed. Many parents immediately reach for medicated gels that numb babies’ gums to relieve the pain, but a recent FDA warning says these treatments can be harmful.

According to FDA records, the agency has received 22 reports in 2014 of infants and young children experiencing issues connected with the use of lidocaine – one of the aforementioned medicated gels.

“Parents don’t realize if the babies swallow the medication, it can lead to numbness in the throat and trouble swallowing,” Pharmacist Don McKaig said. ‘It could lead to choking.”

McKaig said Lidocaine isn’t even approved by the FDA for infant use. He suggested using a teething ring instead of the medicated gels.

For more information on the recent FDA warning, click play on the video above.

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