The FDA has announced that Benzocaine and babies are not a good mix. When a baby is teething, benzocaine is a traditional remedy that exists in over-the-counter (OTC) products such as: Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel and Orabase.
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Infants At Risk For Methemoglobinemia
The use of these gels can result to a rare but serious- and sometimes fatal- condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream is drastically reduced. This is particularly harmful in children under the age of 2 years-old. The FDA has warned about this product in the past- including in 2006 and 2011.
Symptoms Of Methemoglobinemia
It can be very difficult to recognize the signs and symptoms of this condition. However, if any of these symptoms develop, stop using the gel immediately and seek immediate medical attention:
- Pale or grayish skin or lips;
- Shortness of breath;
- Fatigue, light-headedness, rapid heart rate; and
Your Legal Rights
If left untreated, these gels can cause permanent injury to the brain and body tissues, and even death. If you or an infant you know, has suffered from these injuries please contact the attorneys of Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, McCartney & Giuffra LLP today for a complimentary consultation. We can evaluate your case, inform you of your legal options, and advise you as to the best course of action.