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Earlier today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement warning against the use of lidocaine solution as a pain reliever on teething babies' gums. The FDA issued this warning after finding that lidocaine solution can lead to serious injuries and deaths in infants and toddlers. The FDA went on to say that it will require that prescription oral viscous lidocaine 2 percent solution come with a boxed warning explaining that it should not be used for teething pain. Typically, the medication is helpful in treating mouth or throat ulcers as well as reducing children's gag reflex during dental procedures. However, when too much of the substance is given to infants or young children, it can lead to seizures, severe brain injury and heart problems. Hospitalization and fatalities of infants and children have reportedly already occurred due to overdoses or accidental swallowing. Specifically, the FDA stated that it had reviewed 22 reports just this year of adverse affects, including deaths, in children aged 5 months to 3 and a half years who were given the medication. Furthermore, the FDA warned that medications administered by rubbing the drug on gums are useless because they wash out of the mouth very quickly. Instead of these medications, the FDA urged parents to follow the American Academy of Pediatricians' advice for treating teething pain. Parents should use a chilled teething ring or try gently massaging the child's gums.
Drug safety is at the forefront to our minds when it comes to treating medical conditions. The experienced Missouri product liability attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will fight for you if it is discovered that you have taken an unsafe medicine and have suffered serious side effects. Contact our knowledgeable family of attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a manufacturer of consumer products such as a medicine that is later found to be unsafe.
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