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FDA says no to teething gel for babies and toddlers!

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FDA says no to teething gel for babies and toddlers!

The Food and Drug Administration published a warning to healthcare providers today about prescribing viscous lidocaine for teething pain. The FDA has received 22 reports of serious events following use of the gel, commonly given for tooth pain as well as the pain of oral ulcers. In addition, it recommended against buying and using over-the-counter teething gels as some of those also contain a pain medication that has the potential for serious side effects and overdose.
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm402790.htm
So what’s a parent to do? Offer a chilled teething ring or gently rub the irritated gums with a clean finger. Also, consider acetaminophen in a dose appropriate for the child’s weight.

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  1. I didn’t really use these gels often, as stated in the article, it just washes right off after you apply it. I found acetaminophen to be what helped the most!

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  2. I found acetaminophen to be what helped the most. I didn’t really use these gels often, as stated in the article, because it just washes right off after you apply it.

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  3. Great information- my 11 month old is finally getting teeth (4 at one time). Needles to say, the past few days have been pretty rough and I’ve been using teething gel several times a day. I’m switching to acetaminophen. 🙂

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