A report came out on Thursday May 31 that read:
"Rubbing topical anesthetics such as Anbesol or Orajel on the throbbing gums of a teething baby can lead to methemoglobinemia, a serious condition that leads to oxygen deprivation and — in extreme cases — death, the FDA warned today." Read full report here.
Symptoms from methemoglobinemia, using teething gels included
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips and nail beds
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart rate
We always want to comfort our children and ease their pain. Most of the time you can comfort them with a cooled washcloth, cool teething rings, and such. I think it would be recommended to use natural comforts instead of reaching for a over the counter gel. When my children were teething we massaged their gums with our finger. I will warn, sometimes being a human teething ring hurts, but I never minded.
Another great option recommended by a few Natural Moms, Amber Teething Necklace-the natural choice for mother and child. Also check out Hazelaid and natural healing.
What is alarming even more here, is that this information was available in 2006, and I still see these on the shelves! What are your thoughts on this?