Wife, Mummy, Nurse: You might want to think twice before giving Orajel

06 May 2011

You might want to think twice before giving Orajel

FDA warns about teething medication

Last year, Hyland's teething tablets were discontinued.  I use Humphrey's teething tablets.  The FDA has issued a warning regarding giving Benzocaine (the active ingredient in Orajel) and its rare link to methemoglobinemia. 

So what's a mother to do with a teething baby?  Here's a list of some of the things I do.

  • Give my daughter rings that she can chew on.  I try to keep one ring in the fridge at all times.
  • I give my daughter Humphrey's teething tablets.  These are not the ones that were recalled, and they work wonderfully for my daughter!! 
  • Last resort.  I give Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  Not my preferred choice.  I only give if the above have not been effective.
Disclaimer: As always, if you have questions or concerns, please speak to a health care professional.  
This is what I have done that works for Charis.  

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