Baby Teething Product Warning

If your child is teething and you are looking for something to relieve the pain, you need to know this.

The US. Food and Drug Administration says, parents should not use benzocaine products to relieve teething pain in babies, except under the advice and supervision of a health care professional.

Benzocaine is a local anesthetic found in over the counter products such as Anbesol, Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase, and Hurricane. The use of benzocaine gels and liquids to relieve gum and mouth pain can lead to a rare, but potentially deadly condition called methemoglobinemia, in which the amount of oxygen carried through the bloodstream is greatly reduced. Children under two years old are a particular risk for the condition.

The symptoms: pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips and nail beds; shortness of breath; fatigue; confusion; headache; light-headedness and rapid heart rate.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggest that parents give a child a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator, or use a finger to gently rub or massage the child's gums.