Children's Health
Do Teething Babies Need Medicine on Their Gums?
Jun 26, 2014 - 12:34:44 PM

( - Teething is a normal part of childhood that doesn't need a "cure," whether with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Too often well-meaning parents, grandparents and caregivers want to soothe a teething baby by rubbing numbing medications on the tot's gums, using potentially harmful drugs instead of safer, non-toxic alternatives. 

That's why FDA is warning parents that prescription drugs such as viscous lidocaine are not safe for treating teething in infants or young children, and that they have hurt some children who used those products. FDA has previously issued a warning about the dangers of OTC drugs such as benzocaine gels and liquids for teething children.

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