Why was Baby Orajel discontinued?
The FDA is taking action against the use of benzocaine products because they have the potential to cause a condition called methemoglobinemia. Methemoglobinemia is a potentially deadly condition that causes blood to carry less oxygen.
When was Baby Orajel discontinued?
Orajel™ Medicated Teething Gel (discontinued)
Based on the May 23, 2018 communication from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding over-the-counter (OTC) teething products containing benzocaine, we are discontinuing the distribution and sale of Orajel™ teething products containing benzocaine.
Did they stop making baby Orajel?
“We are not discontinuing other Orajel products, which represent the majority of our Orajel offering,” the company said in an emailed statement. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend teething creams because they usually wash out of the baby’s mouth within minutes.
What is the safest teething gel for babies?
Topical teething gels and liquids with benzocaine
Once your toddler passes his second birthday (at which point he may be cutting his first and second molars), benzocaine-based numbing gels are considered safer to use.
What’s the best medicine for teething babies?
If your baby is especially cranky, consider giving him or her infants’ or children’s over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others).
What’s better than Orajel for tooth pain?
Clove Oil. Clove is an essential oil that may provide pain relief as strong as benzocaine (Orajel). It’s important to note, however, that the active ingredient in clove oil is eugenol.
Is it safe to use teething gel on babies?
But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against using any sort of topical medication to treat teething pain in children, including prescription or OTC creams and gels, or homeopathic teething tablets. They offer little to no benefit and are associated with serious risk.
What’s better benzocaine or lidocaine?
Lidocaine and benzocaine were equally efficient, and both were better than placebo in reducing pain caused by insertion of needles into the palate.
What can you rub on baby’s gums for teething?
Use a clean finger or moistened gauze pad to rub your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort. Keep it cool. A cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums.
Can you give a baby too much Orajel?
The FDA issued a warning about the risk of giving benzocaine to babies under 24 months of age. If given benzocaine-containing products, they can develop a rare, but serious, condition called Methemoglobinemia.