Daily Health Headlines

Rx Lidocaine for Teething Pain May Cause Harm: FDA

👤by AP 0 comments 🕔Friday, June 27th, 2014

By Megan Brooks

June 26, 2014 -- Prescription oral viscous lidocaine 2% solution should not be used to treat infants and children with teething pain because of a serious risk, the FDA says.

"Oral viscous lidocaine solution is not approved to treat teething pain, and use in infants and young children can cause serious harm, including death," the agency says.

This year, the FDA has reviewed 22 case reports of serious reactions, including deaths, in infants and young children who were given the solution to treat mouth pain (including teething and stomatitis) or who accidentally ingested it.

"When too much viscous lidocaine is given to infants and young children or they accidentally swallow too much, it can result in seizures, severe brain injury, and problems with the heart. Cases of overdose due to wrong dosing or accidental ingestion have resulted in infants and children being hospitalized or dying," the FDA says.

The agency is requiring that a warning be added to the prescribing information, and is asking doctors not to prescribe or recommend the solution for teething pain.

Topical medications and pain-relievers rubbed on the gums "are not necessary or even useful, because they wash out of the baby's mouth within minutes," the FDA says.

Parents and caregivers should follow the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for treating teething pain, the agency says: Use a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator (not frozen), or gently rub or massage the child's gums with your finger.

Article Credits / Source

AP / WebMD

AP wrote this story for WebMD. WebMD provides up to the minute breaking health news. Click here to view this full article from WebMD.

SOURCE: Medscape: "Oral Lidocaine for Teething Pain May Cause Harm: FDA."

View More Articles From AP 🌎View Article Website

Sponsored Product

Lunar Sleep for $1.95

Lunar Sleep for $1.95

People who have trouble sleeping typically have low levels of melatonin, so melatonin supplements seem like a logical fix for insomnia. There is a high demand for sleep aids, especially in the U.S. The National Health Interview Survey done in 2002, and again in 2007, found 1.6 million US adults were using complementary and alternative sleep aids for insomnia. Lunar Sleep was a top choice. Use Promo Code: Sleep2014 and only pay $1.95 S&H.

Get Lunar Sleep for $1.95

More Oral Health Articles

Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun

Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun0

(HealthDay News) -- Tooth brushing doesn't have to be a boring chore. Turn it into fun time that kids enjoy. The American Dental Association suggests: Skip the timer and turn on your child's favorite two-minute song. Or read a silly story ...

E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds

E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds0

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarettes could be as harmful to gums and teeth as regular cigarettes are, a new study suggests. In laboratory experiments, researchers at the University of Rochester in New York exposed ...

Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)

Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)0

The uncomfortable feeling of dryness of the mouth can be annoying. It can also lead to dental problems and infections of the mouth. Many products are now available over-the-counter as well as by prescription for the relief of chronic mouth dryness and ...

Cavities Between Teeth

Cavities Between Teeth0

Cavities in between teeth are commonly referred to as interproximal cavities or decay by your general dentist. Cavities form when there is breakdown of the outer, calcified enamel of the tooth by bacteria commonly found in the human mouth. The ...

Health Tip: Avoid Damaging Teeth

Health Tip: Avoid Damaging Teeth0

(HealthDay News) -- Brushing and flossing are frequently touted as ways to keep your teeth healthy, but there also are habits that you should avoid to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape. The American Dental Association ...

View More Oral Health Articles

0 Comments

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our Mailing List

Subscribe to our mailing list to get the latest health news as it breaks!

Your information will not be shared with anyone!