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Teething Gel Dangers and Safe Alternatives

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  • The FDA is warning parents to stop using creams and gels containing the numbing agent benzocaine to calm pain in their teething children, as benzocaine has been linked to a deadly blood disorder
  • The blood disorder, methemoglobinemia, prevents the blood protein hemoglobin from releasing oxygen to tissues, thus resulting in oxygen deprivation to body tissues, including the brain, sometimes resulting in death
  • Although plastic teething rings are popular, they may leach bisphenol-A, an endocrine-disrupting agent associated with altered immune function, obesity, diabetes, hyperactivity and more
  • Research reveals teething toys, cuddling and rubbing baby’s gums are the most effective natural means of relieving pain and discomfort associated with teething; the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend gels and creams as they wash out easily and are quickly swallowed

By Dr. Mercola

Parents are familiar with the cries and discomfort of their teething children. While a normal part of growth and development, some strategies you may consider could have potentially dangerous side effects. No one likes pain, and when an infant is teething, a parent will do just about anything to relieve their discomfort. However, it's important to realize the potential dangers in reaching for a drug as the first line of defense.


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