Teething is a common cause of pain and discomfort for infants and toddlers. It typically begins between 6–9 months of age, although it may begin as early as four months or as late as 14 months. Some safe remedies will help to ease the discomfort of your child.
- Teething rings
- Frozen washcloths
- Over the counter pain relievers acetaminophen and ibuprofen
Warning about OTC teething gels
On April 7, 2011, the FDA issued a safety announcement regarding benzocaine teething products in children less than two years of age. These products, marketed under trade names such as Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase and Anbesol, can cause a severe and potentially lethal condition called Methemoglobinemia. Methemoglobinemia occurs when hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells, is changed to a form that cannot transport oxygen to your cells and issues. It is recommended to avoid these medications due to the potential danger to your child.