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FDA warns about teething drugs for babies

INDIANA (KLTV) - The Food and Drug Administration said children under two should not use products with benzocaine, unless a doctor gives an okay.

Benzocaine is the numbing medication normally used in gel and liquid over-the-counters like Anbesol and Baby Orajel.

Benzocaine has been linked to a rare condition called methemoglobinemia (met-heam-a- globe-anemia).

That's when the blood does not effectively move oxygen throughout the body.

In the very worst cases it can be deadly.

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