FDA warns against lidocaine for teething infants

July 3, 2014 4:02 PM

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FDA warns against lidocaine for teething infants

It's hard for parents to stand idly by when their baby has a sore mouth from teething. But using prescription medicines such as viscous lidocaine may harm rather than help, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

The FDA has issued a warning against using the gel-like prescription lidocaine 2% solution to treat infants and children while they're teething. Viscous lidocaine is a local anesthetic in a kind of syrup, commonly prescribed to adults to treat pain from mouth or throat ulcers that can occur during c...

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