FDA warns that benzocaine teething products aren’t safe for children

( CNN) The US Food and Drug Administration issued a alert to customers Wednesday to stop using over-the-counter teething products that contain benzocaine.

It likewise sent letters to manufacturersasking them to stop selling the teething products.

Parents might use these products to temporarily allay a child’s teething sorenes, but relevant agencies said they pose a “serious risk” to newborns and children and often are not effective, since they can wash out of the mouth speedily.