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Is Orajel Safe for Babies? :: hippie dippie bébé
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Is Orajel Safe for Babies?

posted by Mama Hope | March 5th, 2009 in Natural Health

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There has been a rumor circulating on the web about Orajel safety, one with dire warnings serious enough to buy itself a page on Snopes.com. Some believe that the letter itself — telling of a mother whose baby turned blue after being given Orajel — is a hoax or a simple urban legend. Many point out that they themselves have used Orajel safely. As it turns out, there is some truth behind the basis of the story, regardless of whether the incident in the letter truly happened.

baby orajel risk of methemoglobinemia

To help moms and dads decide whether or not it’s safe to use Orajel and similar teething gels for their babies, I decided to do some research to uncover the facts behind warnings about Orajel and benzocaine safety.

Read below about:

What is Baby Orajel?

Quick summary: according to my research, the active ingredient in baby Orajel and Anbesol is benzocaine, a medication that numbs the area of application by blocking nerve signals to the brain. As an anesthetic, it’s used to ease pain, such as teething pain or sore throat. It is also used to numb the skin or surfaces during surgical procedures.

Benzocaine Side Effects

Although many parents cope with their baby’s teething pain by turning to more natural teething alternatives, the fact that Orajel is FDA approved makes it seem a viable option. Why not use medications for those times when baby’s pain seems unbearable, when we truly need relief, both for our baby and our own sanity?!

Like all things, Baby Orajel has a best case and worst case scenario, and for many parents the risks may not be worth the benefit.

Though teething medications such as Orajel and Anbesol have been approved for use, it’s important for us to remember that FDA approval (here in the U.S.) does not indicate a medication is without dangerous side effects. It simply means that these side effects are rare, or that the medication is safe for the majority of the population, despite a potential for negative reactions in some small minority.

WebMD, the leading online medical authority, itself states:

Many parents use other teething remedies, such as gels you put on a baby’s gums. Many experts question if these work and are safe. If you want to try these products, talk to your doctor about which types are safe and how often to use them. [Emphasis mine.]

The fact of the matter is that benzocaine-based anesthetics like Baby Orajel and Anbesol have been linked to methemoglobinemia, a rare but life threatening condition also known as “blue baby syndrome.” No, you do not want your baby to have this reaction, and yes it could kill her.

In plain English, methemoglobinemia is a condition in which your blood stops carrying oxygen properly (remember, oxygen is the stuff we breathe: without it, we suffocate). Nitrates and topical anesthetics can cause your blood to produce too much metheglobin and not enough oxygen-binding hemoglobin. That’s what we don’t want.

Here’s the scientific version:

When hemoglobin becomes oxidized, it is converted to the ferric state (Fe3+) or methemoglobin. Methemoglobin lacks the electron that is needed to form a bond with oxygen and, thus, is incapable of oxygen transport. Because red blood cells are continuously exposed to various oxidant stresses, blood normally contains approximately 1% methemoglobin levels…

As methemoglobin levels increase, patients demonstrate evidence of cellular hypoxia. Death occurs when methemoglobin fractions approach 70%. Death can occur at lower levels in patients with significant comorbidities. — eMedicine, Medscape.com

Risks of methemoglobinemia are real, and the FDA has issued warnings regarding risks of methemoglobinemia in other applications of benzocaine, including its use for surgical procedures, cosmetic procedures, and its use during mammography and other medical testing.

The above video, while not related specifically to the use of teething gels, explains the risk of methemoglobinemia through benzocaine, the same medication used in Orajel and Anbesol.

Because benzocaine is an anesthetic, it’s possible when using baby Orajel or Anbesol to unintentionally numb the areas of the mouth and throat that enable your baby’s gag reflex. The gag reflex is the signal your baby’s body sends when something is caught in his throat. As you know, when something’s caught in your throat, you immediately feel the desire to cough or sometimes even vomit. The goal is, essentially, to get the darned thing out of there toute suite!

Now, imagine if you had no gag reflex and something became caught in your throat. If you were a swift thinker, you might figure out something was inhibiting your ability to breathe, and the thing to do would be to intentionally start coughing and get that thing out of there, reflex or no! Babies, as you can imagine, just might not be that swift. Thus an impaired gag reflex could represent an increased danger of choking. This is true both while eating and while sleeping, especially when baby is producing an excess of saliva.

According to DrGreene.org:

Benzocaine teething gels are a mixed blessing. They do reduce pain, but they can also leave a baby’s mouth feeling as if he has just been to the dentist. Some babies are happy with the pain relief, but others object to the swollen, numb sensation as much as they do to the pain. Either way, the effect of these gels is very short-lived. And they do carry a small risk of allergic reactions and decreased gag reflexes.

Risk of Benzocaine Allergy

Benzocaine is a known immune system toxicant, as listed in the Skin Deep Database, capable of producing contact allergic reactions and dermatitis.

Dr. Ravel of DentalResource.org notes:

Benzocaine ointment may sensitize your baby to future benzocaine-related allergic reactions.

Though my knowledge of allergies is limited, I have always heard that if you have a history of allergies in your family it’s best to be cautious with known allergies. I can only imagine that this would be also be true of medications with known immuno-toxicity.

Does It Work?

The various risks involved with the use of Orajel must, of course, be considered in relation to the benefits.

I did locate several online reviews of Orajel, and many came up short:

Doesn’t work for more than 10 min and you can’t give it more than every 4 hrs. Worthless unless you need a minute to get baby to latch. — jhow32000 from the Mothering forums

You have a tired, cranky baby who is wailing in pain. You attempt to shove a Q tip or your finger in their mouth to “relieve” their pain. They wail louder. Chances are the poor thing is drooling, so the gel runs right back out of their mouth. Then they get a taste of the stuff. They wail even more. If you aren’t sure of why they are crying louder, taste the gel yourself. It is AWFUL.

So, you decide that once they are over the shock of the bad taste, the numbing relief will make things better. Wrong, again. Have you ever had your gums, tongue, or cheek numb? It is a terrible feeling. So the baby cries even more. - eclair20 from Epinions

When my 19 month old started cutting teeth I used Orajel and she would scream for hours after using it. At her 6 month well baby visit I mentioned it to the doctor, and he said to stop giving her the Orajel, she’s having a reaction to it. I immediately stopped giving it to her and I could deal with her better without the Orajel than with it. - Nannymom from the Mothering forums

[Edit: Two visitors to hippie dippie bébé have had negative, harrowing, emergency room experiences. They have graciously included their stories in my comments below; I include them here also for convenience:

NN Commented May 26th, 2009:

Our 13 month old, had to be transported w 911 to the ER, She had a one hour seizure in which time the Doctors couldn’t tell us whether or not that she would survive, she ended up spending 4 days in the hospital being checked from A to Z all without any results!, it hit like lightning out of the blue, no warning sign’s, one minute she was fine, next we where calling 911 / this is the first that I have heard of this today from another mom….. don’t know if it caused it, but I have used small amounts of both orajel and little teeters gel for a while (I tried this myself before applying it and only used a tiny bit to give her relief) If this in deed turns out to be the cause … throw the stuff away don’t even take a chance on a tiny weeny bit , we almost lost the love of lives .. it was a horrific experience !!

SherriMO, a registered nurse, shared her story on July 31st, 2009:

When my daughter was 18 months, she ingested oralgel and turned blue. I thought I was seeing things, since I am a nurse and was not familiar with this. I took her to the ER, still thinking I was seeing things, until I heard an ER nurse say, “oh my gosh, that baby is blue”. We were rushed to the childrens hospital placed in the ICU and given the antidote to oralgel. I have never seen anything like this, when they drew her blood it was brown. I am glad to say hours of getting the antidote, she improved and is now a healthy 6 year old! I wrote the FDA and oralgel- with no response. I just remember being so helpless, not knowing what caused her to turn blue, since the box said nothing about possible side effects! There should be clear labels on all teething gels, so parents can make informed decisions, about their child!

Sherri further clarified her feelings on the situation as a professional, in a later comment, on February 5th, 2010:

The FDA needs to have the manufacture indicate on their label the risk of Methemoglblinemia! I am an RN and I work for a pharma company and I just can’t figure out why this has not been placed on the box. When we give Cetacaine to patients we know that risk. It is made of the same compounds, so it only makes sense to inform the consumers. ]

Orajel Warnings

If you do decide to give Orajel a try, consider these warnings, which come from the various medical sources I’ve researched for this article. Of course, do not let this article or anything you find online substitute for the advice of your qualified medical practitioner! I am not a doctor, but I can read! Here’s what I’ve found:

  • Never feed your baby or put her to sleep after administering Orajel or Anbesol.
  • Never give Orajel or Anbesol to an infant younger than four months of age.
  • Never exceed the recommended dosage of any benzocaine-based product. Exceeding the recommended dosage of benzocaine has, in fact, been potentially linked to infant death in an ear drops medication containing benzocaine. Remember that exceeding dosages can occur in a single application or in multiple applications over the course of time. If a medication works once, don’t just keep repeating it every fifteen minutes unless instructed to do so! Read the labels carefully and when in doubt, consult your doctor!
  • When giving your baby Orajel or benzocaine, take special care to apply the solution only to the area affected. If your baby happens to be drooling profusely… well, maybe you should consider a more natural teething remedy. Excess saliva increases the likelihood of numbing areas of the throat and reducing your baby’s gag reflex, which can increase chances of choking on food or saliva.
  • If you do choose to give your baby Orajel or Anbesol, watch for symptoms of methemoglobinemia. These include bluish coloring of the skin, shortness of breath, and lethargy (lack of energy).
  • Consider alternatives especially if your baby or your family has a history of breathing problems, asthma, or hemoglobin abnormalities. These can increase the risk of methemoglobinemia.
  • Finally, suspected teething problems such as fever or discomfort may mask a more serious illness. Always consult with your qualified medical practitioner when you suspect illness.

The Bottom Line: Would I Use It?

Is Orajel “bad for babies”?

The first thing I like to remember is that teething in and of itself is completely natural, and  by avoiding medications we recognize that, at worst, our babies will suffer discomfort, and at best we can ease their pain and soothe their gums. There are natural teething remedies available to choose before or instead of resorting to synthetic medications.

Secondly, I keep in mind why a medication like Orajel, despite its potential dangers, is allowed on the market. If all medications with a narrow potential for side effects were disallowed, many medications whose benefits outweighed certain risks would be made unavailable to those who truly need them. Yet, when dealing with a medication that *does* have the potential for life-threatening reactions, I essentially consider whether the benefits are worth the risk.

Would I give Orajel to my baby in cases of extreme pain?

Bottom line, no, I personally would not.

My personal assessment is that application to the mouth is an inexact science. Even when considering the teething swabs versus the teething gel, the possibility of numbing the throat and the rare risk of death from methemoglobinemia are just too great for my personal comfort zone. Add to that the potential for benzocaine allergy and allergic sensitization to future medications, and I’d simply rather try any number of the possible natural teething tricks and remedies available to me before resorting to a potentially risky anesthetic!

So that’s my take, in a relatively long-winded nutshell. I hope this article has helped you to consider the risk vs. benefit equation of Orajel and benzocaine for baby’s teething pain. If it has, please let me know your thoughts! Always happy to know I’ve shared some useful knowledge!

Love,

Mama Hope

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    Shelly
    March 6th, 2009 at 9:49 am

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    Good article!! We used it once, and onl once, before the first teeth after several family members repeatedly suggested it. It didn’t seem to provide much comfort and everything it touched went numb (babies lips, mouth, chin, my finger, tongue, mouth (I tasted it too yuck), and boobs (it was time to nurse)). I threw it away soon after.


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    Trisha
    March 6th, 2009 at 11:16 am

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    Plus my kids screamed anytime I put that junk on their gums. It really does burn, I tried it. You list of alternatives is perfect. We loved Hyland’s Teething Tablets for during the day and saved the more expensive and potent Boiron Camilla for nighttime.

    Such great products and available practically anywhere these days. Great post.


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    hopealso
    March 6th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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    Thanks guys!

    Yep, I read some of those reviews of Orajel and they definitely scared me away! Sounds pretty offensive. I didn’t even consider the “boob anesthetic” potential! Yikes!

    I also encountered a story I didn’t mention about a daycare that actually drugged babies with nighttime Orajel by putting it on pacifiers before putting babies to sleep. I don’t like to subscribe to scare tactics but it’s those kind of stories without happy endings that give us pause.

    Too true, Trisha, good to have easily available and safer alternatives.

    - Hope


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    Jessica/Green Mamma
    March 6th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

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    When my little one was teething, I usually nursed her through her pain since breast milk is said to be a natural pain reliever. Still, I do remember having mixed feelings about our relatives’ insistence that we give her oragel . . . Thank you for reviewing this medicine in such depth.


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    Cindi ~ Moomettesgram
    March 8th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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    Thanks for the info~ I have a 6 mo old grandson. Even though I used it on my kids, and 2 yr old granddaughter, never saw this info before. I’m passing it along to my DD26.


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    March 8th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

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    Thanks, Cindi, and thanks for stopping by! I think it’s really a question of what our personal “comfort zone” is. But I’m glad to get this info. out there for people, especially to help those who do decide to use it exercise the kind of caution that ensures it’s safe!

    Just visited your site, too and what a great WAHM resource! Timely for me, glad to meet you!


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    NN
    May 26th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

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    Our 13 month old, had to be transported w 911 to the ER, She had a one hour seizure in which time the Doctors couldn’t tell us whether or not that she would survive, she ended up spending 4 days in the hospital being checked from A to Z all without any results!, it hit like lightning out of the blue, no warning sign’s, one minute she was fine, next we where calling 911 / this is the first that I have heard of this today from another mom….. don’t know if it caused it, but I have used small amounts of both orajel and little teeters gel for a while (I tried this myself before applying it and only used a tiny bit to give her relief) If this in deed turns out to be the cause … throw the stuff away don’t even take a chance on a tiny weeny bit , we almost lost the love of lives .. it was a horrific experience !!


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    SherriMO
    July 31st, 2009 at 1:27 pm

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    When my daughter was 18 months, she ingested oralgel and turned blue. I thought I was seeing things, since I am a nurse and was not familiar with this. I took her to the ER, still thinking I was seeing things, until I heard an ER nurse say, “oh my gosh, that baby is blue”. We were rushed to the childrens hospital placed in the ICU and given the antidote to oralgel. I have never seen anything like this, when they drew her blood it was brown. I am glad to say hours of getting the antidote, she improved and is now a healthy 6 year old! I wrote the FDA and oralgel- with no response. I just remember being so helpless, not knowing what caused her to turn blue, since the box said nothing about possible side effects! There should be clear labels on all teething gels, so parents can make informed decisions, about their child!


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    Mama Hope
    August 19th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

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    Thanks so much NN and Sherri for sharing! I agree that it’s important that parents realize that these terrible experiences are possible, and that FDA approval does not in any way eliminate the possibility of dangerous side effects.

    I’m so glad that you were able to save your babies’ lives through being alert and seeking timely help! Stories like yours truly beg for attention from the FDA regarding proper labeling. In the meantime, we can all be learn from your experience that risks are always involved when using medications of any kind. Although it takes a bit of work, it’s always good to research those potential side effects so we can decide for ourselves whether the benefits are worth the risk.


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    Hi
    I was just researching orajel and found your excellent article. I am impressed by your thorough research and thoughtful writing.
    Maybe you will be interested in my work, too. I am a pediatrician and I have written a series of children’s stories about common illnesses to help entertain, educate and reassure both parent and child. Among other things, the books of the Dr. Hippo Series argue for the intelligent–rather than ubiquiotous– use of antibiotics!
    Thanks again for your article.
    Charlotte


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    Omg I am so scared…. my baby is almost 6 months old and he could start teething any moment now! I don’t know what to use, maybe just some babies painrelief medicine? I have been told about the baby teething tablets, not sure but I might use them?
    Scared off babies oragel, scarey stories.
    Tali


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    November 19th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

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    It is scary!

    You should read my post on natural teething remedies! A top 10 list of the most popular ones!


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    Keeper
    December 29th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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    Once again, these stories of babies turning blue or having an allergic reaction are few and far between. Those affected tend to flock to sites like this and comment so that it seems there are widespread issues. We’ve used Baby Orajel for some time with no negative side affects. And yes, it works exactly as it should.


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    February 4th, 2010 at 7:37 am

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    Keeper,

    My apologies for the late response but I have to point out that for some parents reactions that are “few and far between” are still a cause for concern, especially when the reaction is one that can lead to death! We cannot entirely avoid risk in this lifetime, but in the case of teething, a natural and normal process that needs no “cure”, we can choose whether our not we want to intentionally expose ourselves to these risks.

    Of course there are babies that do not react to Orajel, and I’m glad that you found your personal path to relief. But that fact in and of itself does not guarantee that my baby or my friend’s baby will not have a reaction!


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    February 5th, 2010 at 10:03 am

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    Keeper-
    I am glad you have had wonderful experiences with Oraljel, but your success isn’t for everyone. The FDA needs to have the manufacture indicate on their label the risk of Methemoglblinemia! I am an RN and I work for a pharma company and I just can’t figure out why this has not been placed on the box. When we give Cetacaine to patients we know that risk. It is made of the same compounds, so it only makes sense to inform the consumers.
    You say “far and few between”, how would you like it, if your child suddenly turned blue and you had no idea why? She almost died, and as I stated I am educated and never would have linked it to Oraljel, luckly the ER did.
    Trust me I have way better things to do than post on the internet, but if I can educate one parent of the risk, than I feel great. I do not bash Oraljel as a product, it does work in reducing teeth pain- I only want to educate of the risks.
    Do you work for Oralgel? Is that why you are the worlds biggest advocate?


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    February 5th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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    Well put, Sherri.

    I included your story above in the text of the article to make it more available to readers, as I had meant to do awhile back. Thanks speaking for the position of those who have been through the experience. I, and I’m sure those who read this article, will find your comments and your story relevant and useful.


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    May 16th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

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    Thanks for the well written article. I had heard there was reason to be concerned about the use of Oragel, but didn’t really know what the real problem was, just avoided the product. We opted instead for the natural teething tablets and a clove mixture. I have also heard that it’s not really in the best interest of your baby to take away all the discomfort that comes along with teething. Yes, there are times when you and your baby have got to get some sleep, but not to block it all the time. There are real neurological changes that occur with cutting teeth and to keep the baby from facing discomfort might bypass some of these growths. Once your baby has cut their teeth, they wake up a different child, not only because the hard work of cutting a tooth is done, but because of these neurological cues. Thanks again for the article.
    Tracy


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    gert
    May 19th, 2010 at 8:00 am

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    …or allergies to benzocaine. i wish i could find an alternative to the stuff


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    Our baby is 7 months old, and when we applied the orajel she vomited! I mean really vomited a lot. Not sure what would cause this reaction, but I think I will stick to baby telenal for her teething pain.


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    Very good article! You researched and evaluated the available info very admirably. By the way, I just want to give a headsup that people should be very careful using Orajel as children and even adults also! If you have dental pain as a child/adult that is severe, it means you likely have an infection in the tooth. If you do, you may relieve some pain but your infection is getting worse. This can lead to the infection spreading past the bone into the throat/sinuses etc which can be life threating, but also the more infection there is the harder the tooth is to numb and the more it will hurt when you eventually need to have it treated! So if you have pain, don’t “buy time” with Orajel because it just makes it worse eventually.


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    I am an RN and anything has possible side effects and the potential for allergic reactions. Giving your kids eggs, or vaccines or nuts or chocolate can do this. Taking them out in the car has the potential for death. If the baby is uncomfortable you need to try to help them. I have used orajel, tylenol, motrin all with success. Teething tabs, wash cloths and the natural remedies did nothing for my daughter. I know when i am in pain, medication helps, so i will do the same for my daughter. You can not go scaring people.


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    Interesting, my baby is teething on and off since He was 3 months old now He is 6 months old, I actually never liked the idea of orajel because of the numbing thing, I even tryied for myself and it was horrible. So researching I learned about the teething tablets they worked great no side effects at all, but now they’ve being banned, cause oh the Belladona issue on them, leaving parents with less choices to aliviate the babie’s gums. But you know what even though I wont use the tablets anymore, I wont change my mind about orajel, and rather use Gripe Water or other more natural options. Thanks for this post it really educate.


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    Thanks for the info.
    I had been aware of the dangers that using orajel could cause but had never heard of “Blue Baby Syndrome”. That is just too scary to process right now considering my 13m old has been given it. However, since the product does not work very well we had stopped using it.

    To be honest, and maybe it’s just me, but I prefer using all natural stuff because there is just too much that can and will go wrong when you introduce all of these chemicals into a little one’s body.
    I have even been told that using tylenol or motrin for teething can cause liver damage!

    I’d like to give my daughter the best start possible and if that means we have to suffer a little bit together than so-be-it. At the very least I know her body is not being bombarded with every drug out there.

    Thanks again!


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    I am so thankful to have read this article. I couldn’t find any clear information about the risks. I don’t care if only one kid died from the use of the stuff, why would I risk something hurting or killing my child if there are so many other remedies? I have used it twice but felt kind of bad both times, I had a gut instinct that I should look up some information about it. The only sad part is that it worked like a charm! She was a happy camper within seconds of application (but I’d rather have an alive camper, and we do have blood abnormalities in our family history, so def. a risk)!

    Thanks again


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    You guys are nuts. We used Orajel for our daughter and she would have instant relief. If we hadn’t used it she would have been wailing for months. Tell me, what’s worse using orajel or having your baby go through months of pain (you don’t have to be a nurse to no the negative side effects of living with constant pain for months, especially a growing baby).

    Your article fails to mention what the likelihood of something like blue baby taking place.

    You know, before orajel mom’s used to spread bourbon on baby’s gums. How ’bout we go back to that, it would probably work better than the natural alternatives you suggest.

    You know, there are some people that are allergic to water, and sunlight, but does that mean everyone should stop drinking water and going out into the sun. No, that would be silly. It’s the same thing with Orajel.

    Right now, I have friends who aren’t giving their baby orajel because of articles like this and their baby is suffering through terrible teething pain. Great job guys! You probably have written an article telling people not to get their kids immunized either…


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    Interesting, I provided some critical feedback about this article and it’s not here anymore. The author deleted it…

    Ok parents, think rationally… Everything you put in your baby’s mouth is a potential allergy. So, with Orajel just place a small amount (less than a pea size drop - maybe even half a pea size) on your baby’s gums and look for any kind of reaction. You do the same thing for any new food you introduce your baby to.

    After all, far more kids get hurt by peanut butter than Orajel, but parents still introduce their kids to peanuts (carefully) to see whether they have allergies to them or not…


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    Good article. There are risks out there no matter what you do! Should your baby not sleep since they could stop breathing? No. Not every baby reacts to natural remedies or orajel type products. You have to use what works. Living is a risk so why not be as comfortable as possible while doing it!


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    BG-
    I do not think it is fair to say posters “Are Nuts”… The site is here to inform. If the information is not a value to you… then why are you on this site?

    Not once did I say that Oraljel should not be used- but use with caution. It does not have to be an “allergy” that causes Methemoglblinemia, but simply too much medication can also cause it. Too much bourbon is not a good thing either (if that is what you choose).

    No matter what you decide to give your child (oraljel or any other medication), you are your childs advocate/protector- so I hope you are informed and observe your child for reactions.

    I would rather have a wailing baby then a dead baby, any day of the week. My daughter is now 8 years old- has never been mad at me for not relieving her teething pain with Oraljel. Relieving the pain- is more of a relief for the parent than the child. If you look at the research- children do not remember pain(esp. teething pain) 0-1 years of age. So I am glad the Oraljel- relieved YOUR pain.

    My only intent was to inform due to my lack of knowledge and labeling on the medication. There is nothing worse than seeing your child life-less and not knowing the “why” and “how”. I hope you never have to experience it.

    PS My children are Immunized- for the record and I do give my children tylenol as needed.


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    If anyone is interested, St. Louis-based Onder Law has been working on cases involving Orajel and can offer assistance to those who might be affected. They can be reached at 314-963-9000.

    I hope this is helpful.


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    awesome work on the orajel! of course they now have a ‘naturals’ orajel-complete with PEG (antifreeze), sucralose, and my personal fave-’flavor’. 4 drops of clove oil mixed with 1tbsp organic olive oil will do exactly the same thing-without any toxins entering your child’s body. and it’s way cheaper. thanks for the awesome sleuthing-we need more people like you on the internet!


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    August 11th, 2011 at 7:07 am

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    Excellent article. We have used Tylenol on those late nights when nothing else worked, but I’d rather not use it (and we keep a log of every application of acetaminophen so we do not over-dose, nor over apply); I used a tiny bit of Anbesol, applied by Q-tip, after a friend told me that he used it successfully on his two kids, who are now healthy teens. I have tried the frozen washcloth without success, and the plush toy works on occasion. I think Clove oil might be a worthy alternative, as long as it’s not over-applied. After reading this article, I don’t know that I’d do anything different - I might use Anbesol/Orajel again for those extreme cases, but in general, stay away from them. The key is to use the gels or Tylenol VERY sparingly, and to monitor the baby for several hours post-application. Note, I also gave my son water immediately after applying the Anbesol, to dilute any he might have swallowed. It’s terrible seeing ones’ child suffer. Best success to all parents out there who read through these blogs & comments, to get an intelligent perspective. Are we lucky to live in this time, or what?


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    wow i use orajel and so has my family it works very well for my 14month old maybe you should also post positive stuff “everything” you do has risks sitting there doing nothing is a risk. also orajel does have warnings it lf it works use it if not then find sonething else dont bash it and natural remedies dont even work


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    thanks for the article.
    I don’t think we should scare away form orajel, but I think we should have the right to be informed of possible risks. I had no idea that orajel could make my baby blue.
    he is 3.5 months (It seems my family are early teethers), and I gave him a tiny tiny amount to see if it would relieve his pain. he didn’t like it much, and then I read on the label that you shouldn’t give it to babies under 4 months. so I was looking for what reactions I should watch out for. Thanks for the information. I will think twice before giving him more orajel in the future.


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    July 2009, my daughter (3yr old) found a tube of oral gel and emptied it into her mouth. We found it next to her. We asked her if she had taken any and she said ‘no’. I tested the tube and it immediately came out the top and I thought nothing of it (later I learned the plastic shape of the container reforms itself and the tube was actually almost empty… we had used it once since new ) 4 1/2 minute later while in the car she went into a seizure that lasted until we got her to a hospital in an ambulance. Now she is on VERY expensive seizure medication to prevent a reoccurring situation. (the brain remembers seizures and two is when you are considered epileptic) ORAGEL caused this… would I let a child have this? You have got to be kidding…NO


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    Obviously you should put orajel out of kids reach just like any medication because thats what it is medication. Its your own fault not the orajels you the one who put it in reach. I have been using orajel for a long time now and it does wonders. Sure your kid may not like the last but it makes them feel a lot better. Id rather have my child have a bad taste in their mouth then be in pain…just saying

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