The Food and Drug Administration has warned parents that they should stop giving babies teething medicines.
The federal agency is also asking manufacturers to stop selling their teething medicine products, reported NBC.
The administration said on Wednesday that some gels containing the drug benzocaine can cause severe side effects in rare cases, especially in children ages 2 or younger.
Benzocaine is found in a number of popular teething medicines and is also found in some brands used to treat mouth sores in adults, such as Orajel and Anbesol.
Besides taking action against companies that do not voluntarily stop manufacturing the products for young children, the administration said it would ask for new warnings on the products for adults.
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