Have a teething baby? As you may have heard, the FDA recently warned against using over-the-counter teething products, citing that many of them, including popular Baby Orajel and Orajel Medicated Teething Swabs, contain an ingredient–benzocaine–that “can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger.”
We know these kinds of announcements can feel scary, frustrating and make you wonder what is safe to give to your baby. The best thing you can do at this point though is not to worry, consult your baby’s pediatrician if you have concerns, and most importantly, stop using teething pain products. “We urge parents, caregivers and retailers who sell them to heed our warnings and not use over-the-counter products containing benzocaine for teething pain,” FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb advises.
Remedies for Pain Teething Relief
Frozen Bottle Nipple
Gentle Gum Massage
Add frozen organic fruits and veggies such as banana or avocado to a mesh teether and let baby chew. The tiny holes in the mesh ensure big pieces that break off aren’t accessible, but provide baby with the cold relief and nutritional benefits.