I DID NOT WRITE THIS...it is not from my opinion. It was pulled from the FDA site directly. So,it wasn't posted simply because I *THINK* it's bad, it was posted because the FDA even knows it's bad. So, if you choose to use it anyway with your under 2(or any age) kids...do so with caution and at your own risk. Like I always say, just because your family has used something by the gallons for the entire history of man with no complications...doesn't mean there can never, ever be any at anytime anywhere else. Take heed to studies, research and warnings. Know that most of the time it doesn't come from pure opinion, it has a prompt. Someone got hurt. TM:I
Last month, the FDA warned doctors, patients, and parents about the potential for a rare but deadly blood disorder associated with benzocaine. Benzocaine is a drug found in many popular over the counter anesthetics and a drug that can result in a blood disorder known as methemoglobinemia.
While anyone can develop methemoglobinemia babies under age 2 have an elevated risk of developing the condition. Benzocaine is found in popular teething remedies such as Baby Orajel and Anbesol. The FDA is now warning that Orajel and Anbesol should not be used on children under age 2 unless directed by a physician.
Methemoglobinemia interferes with the body’s ability to carry oxygen into bodily tissue. If you, or your child, experience:
- pale, gray or blue skin, lips or nails;
- difficulty breathing;
- headache; or
- Rapid heart rate
while on a benzocaine product then it is important to seek immediate medical attention.
Many over the counter benzocaine medications do not yet carry a warning about methemoglobinemia.
If you, or your child, have suffered from methemoglobinemia while taking or shortly after taking a benzocaine product, please file an adverse report with the FDA and consult with a defective drug lawyer for information about your legal rights.