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Is Baby Orajel Safe?

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Is Baby Orajel Safe?

Last week, the FDA announced new concerns regarding the use of Benzocaine in children. Benzocaine is used as a topical anesthetic and is the primary ingredient in Orajel and many of its competitors. Evidently, benzocaine use has been linked to the development of methemoglobinemia. When children developed methemoglobinemia, they produce a type of hemoglobin that is unable to deliver oxygen to the bodies tissues. Severe cases can lead to death or brain damage. Most of benzocaine related cases have involved children under two years. For this reason, I no longer can recommend Orajel (or other benzocaine containing products) for relief of teething symptoms.


Teething Pain

My son's pediatrician said that Orajel (given in very small doses) is ok to give to my 8 month old who's teething. Also, I just read about the recall on Hyland's tablets. What is your take on Orajel (... more on Teething Pain)

When do children start teething?

Our 3.5 month old son is very drooly and cries more than usual. My husband thinks he is teething? When do most children start teething? What teeth appear first? The average (... more on When do babies start teething)

How can you tell an ear infection from teething?

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Written June 2012 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician






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