British parents were being warned about the ‘potential dangers’ of some popular teething products.
The British Dental Association (BDA) said that research revealed 9 of the 14 teething products contain ingredients with potentially harmful side effects. Of 14 teething products, two contained sucrose, that's table sugar, six contained alcohol and six contained an anaesthetic used to numb tissue called lidocaine. As an example of unwanted effects, low levels of alcohol have been associated with poor sleep and crying, and moderate levels of which have been linked to impaired motor development. Lidocaine also poses a risk of overdose at higher concentrations. More, despite hope and suitable effects affirmed, there is little evidence that the products are actually effective in reducing teething pain.
“We need to see real change in the way these products are licensed and marketed, and clear guidance so parents understand the risks,” BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said. In fact, “every baby is different, and you may have to try a few different things until you find something that works for your baby,” official NHS guidance acknowledges. The NHS recommends paracetamol and ibuprofen for relieving the pain as well as distracting babies with play or comfort.