Are baby teething aids safe?

This question was originally raised in 2006.  Since then, more studies into over-the-counter products like Anbesol and Orajel have been conducted.  Here’s a link to the article:  http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/01/fda-warns-about-benzocaine-in-baby-pain-gels/?hpt=he_c2

As with most over the counter products, they should be used according to instructions, and not more than recommended.  Doing this will limit the potential for side effects.  Using Anbesol/Orajel sparingly and for short periods will likely not cause the methemoglobinemia discussed in the article.  However, the potential is there — so if there is any question, contact your doctor.

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About cschaffer78

I'm a family practice physician in Evansville, IN. My practice is described as "full-spectrum" family practice, meaning I see patients "from cradle to grave". I care for men and women of all ages, I deliver babies, and even follow my patients when they are hospitalized. Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider
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