Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 2:20 pm
Was your child harmed by an over-the-counter product containing benzocaine? If so, the baby Orajel lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart are now accepting cases for babies and infants who developed the rare and potentially fatal blood condition known as methemoglobinemia. If this has happened to your child, you should contact us immediately. You might be entitled to significant financial compensation, and we are here to fight for you.
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Do I have a Baby Orajel Lawsuit?
Williams Hart is now accepting Baby Orajel cases in all 50 states. The following products have been immediately discontinued by Orajel:
- Orajel Medicated Teething Gel
- Orajel Medicated Teething Swabs
- Orajel Medicated Nighttime Teething Gel
- Orajel Medicated Daytime & Nighttime Teething Twin Pack
If your child developed methemoglobinemia as a result of the use of an Orajel product, you should contact us right away at (866) 330-8303 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team.
The Dangers of Benzocaine Products
Benzocaine has been heavily marketed as a topical anesthetic that provides numbing relief for sore or irritated gums. Products like Baby Orajel were explicitly marketed to parents for help with the pain associated with teething in infants.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety alert in May of 2018 about the dangers of over-the-counter benzocaine products, warning consumers that use of the products could lead to the potentially deadly blood disease methemoglobinemia. The FDA also requested that manufacturers stop marketing the products as safe for use for children and infants under two years of age.
Methemoglobinemia is a very serious disease that reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood. The disorder can lead to brain damage, tissue damage, and is often fatal. Symptoms of this disorder may appear within minutes to hours after the application of the anesthetic, and include:
- Shortness of breath
- Gray or blue-colored, skin, nails, and lips
- Rapid heart rate
The disorder has been reported in benzocaine products of all strengths. The majority of reported cases have been in infants under two years of age who were given the topical products for teething and could result after only a single application of the spray or gel.
Signs and Symptoms of Teething
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), teething usually starts in infants within four to seven months of birth. The central incisors (top or bottom) usually come in first, followed by the molars, and then canines. A teething baby will usually be irritable and may exhibit other signs including:
- Low-grade (not over 101-degrees Fahrenheit) temperature
- Desire to chew on hard objects
The child’s gums will often swell around the site of the tooth that is coming in.
How to Help a Teething Child (Without Using Medication)
Since teething is a normal part of a child’s development, most pediatricians agree that you do not need to use medication to treat it. Instead of using homeopathic remedies like gels, teething tablets, and other over-the-counter medications that can have harmful (or even deadly) side-effects, there are other natural ways to relieve your child’s discomfort.
To help with swollen or tender gums, parents should:
- Use their finger to gently massage the child’s gums
- Allow the child to chew on a rubber teething ring
It is important to note that teething rings should not be frozen. A frozen teething ring could be too hard for the child to chew on and could harm the child’s gums.
Has a Member of Your Family Been Harmed by Benzocaine? Williams Hart is Here to Help.
If your child was hospitalized or died after using an over-the-counter teething product containing benzocaine, the pharmaceutical defect attorneys of Williams Hart are here to listen to your story and help you get the justice you deserve. We are a nationally-recognized firm that has spent nearly four decades fighting on behalf of families just like yours. We fight because it is the right thing to do, and we fight because we know that families like yours should not have to suffer due to the greed of the powerful pharmaceutical companies.
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Contact us immediately at (866) 330-8303, chat with us live, or fill out a contact form to schedule your free consultation with us. Because we accept cases on a contingency-fee basis, it won’t cost you anything to hire us. Our only goal is to recover full and fair compensation on your behalf.