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Warning on Baby Orajel

Mommy Alert! Baby Orajel Can Cause Breathing Difficulties

Teething can be a nightmare for parents and toddlers alike. Many moms rely on products like Ambesol or Baby Orajel to get them through those droolish teary moments. Before stocking up on those "soothers," think again.

I recently received an email detailing a scary incident involving a mother who used Baby Orajel to soothe her tot's tooth pain. What she experienced was terrifying and all too common. After placing a dab of the numbing gel on her son's gums, her son stopped breathing, turned blue, and became limp.

To see what happened to the young lad,


Frantically, the mother and father began trying to revive the youngster. On his own, he finally snapped out of it and started crying hysterically. After spending the night in the hospital undergoing tests, the parents spoke with their pediatrician who advises her patients not to use the products as it can get into an infant's throat, causing them to stop breathing.

Similarly, the child's daycare workers and other moms have reported the same type incidents. Have you ever heard of this happening to children?

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Amanda3090993 Amanda3090993 5 years
I am actually looking for feed back on the new baby orajel smartdose is suppossed to give off the right amount for your childs sore gums to this too much too little thing doesn't happen anymore... but i can't find any anywhere...i was wondering if anyone has used would be amazing..
2917316 2917316 5 years
I understand how it could get in the throat of a baby and cause them to stop breathing cause it makes sense.....but like the mother said she dabbed it on the babys tooth which sounds like way too much and if its a dab then it is possible for the baby to swallow.  To avoid that happening I just apply a thin layer to my finger and rub it on my 8 month old sons gums. =)    
jamie-knight jamie-knight 5 years
Please do not use this product.  My niece died on January 11, 2012 6 days before here 1st birthday.  She was smiling, cooing, and dancing that night and just like that she was gone from a simple application of baby orajel.  This is very real, and happens way more than anyone could ever imagine.  The problem lies with proving it.  They currently do not have a test that can be done after death, so there are hundreds if not thousands of babies that are considered SIDS deaths when in fact this product is to blame.  Please do the research, it only takes 5 minutes, and could save your childs life.  We know ours will never be the same.  :(
ccneuman ccneuman 5 years
I am a 53 yr old mother of three, and a grandmother of 4. I have used orajel on all of my children and they are fine. I now have a six month old grandson and after my daughter read this nonsense about orajel, she went and bought the new Naturals orajel. Look up the side effects of active ingredient in this new orajel. (causes liver damaged, rapid heartbeat to name a few). My grandson hasn't slept well since we started the Naturals orajel. Throwing it out and buying the original!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mimi1964 mimi1964 6 years
I soothed both my baby's teeth with orajel. They used orajel on their babies. My sisters used orajel and every friend I have used orajel. Makes me sad that mothers will let their babies suffer because one person says something bad about a product. Let an adult teeth and I guarantee they aren't going to say "I don't want any medication or refief!"
adj1234 adj1234 7 years
May God forbid this happening to my child but if this were really to be happening then wouldnt there be some kind of recall on it and be taken off shelves at stores???????????????????????????????????????
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Ok I'll be throwing that stuff out as soon as I get home. Scary.
babysugar babysugar 9 years
My cousin is actually friends with the lady who wrote the email. I checked the source before I wrote the post to make sure it wasn't an urban legend. Scary story... but true!
xingkit xingkit 9 years
My mom sent me one from the US (I am in the Philippines) and was thinking of using it on my baby. I guess not anymore. I don't want to take any chances. Thanks for the article.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I'm always leery of emails that get passed around without any sourcing. (Presumably if there were any sources to information in the email you would have linked them.) That said, I never bothered with Orajel. Hyland's Teething Tablets are the way to go. They are completely homeopathic, they work amazingly well and they don't seem to bother kids at all.
katedavis katedavis 9 years
I've given Hylands and Orajel, but I got this email yesterday and I am throwing out all the Orajel we have. I'm also telling family that babysits for our son about this in case they think he needs some and they go out and buy it for him.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Use Hyland's teething tablets or Humphrey's teething pellets. They're homeopathic and include chamomolia. Also, the belladonna in them is the herb, not the drug. You can give a child an entire bottle and it's safe. (Not that I'd recommend an entire bottle, just saying that's how safe they are.) I'd never give a numbing gel. Not only for the above reasons, but because it can severely impact their ability to latch onto a bottle or breast.
Moms Moms 9 years
This is scary! Camilia works well for teething too.
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