Infant Teething Tablets Maybe Linked to 10 Infant Deaths – Newton, MA
The FDA has issued warnings for infant teething tablets and to immediately stop using these products. According to the FDA, “Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.”
Recommended treatment for teething are the following:
Chill a rubber teething ring. Make sure to read cleaning instructions carefully. If you don’t have a teething ring, freeze a wet washcloth and let your child chew on it. Liquid filled teething rings are not recommended.
Administer Baby Tylenol. Do not use aspirin because of the risk of Reye Syndrome. Do not give Tylenol regularly because this can lead to tooth decay and increase risk of liver disease.
Serve your child cold foods, like chilled applesauce and yogurt.
Use of topicals is not recommended. The FDA does not recommend use of benzocaine in children under the age of 2 because of the risk of methemoglobinemia, a rare condition that may interfere with oxygen transport.
For more information on caring for infant teeth, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners in Wellesley, MA.
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