The Food and Drug Administration is issuing a warning about pain medication used on teething babies.

FDA officials are worried about serious side effects.

Experts say children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years get just about one new tooth a month.

Their cry is sometimes an indicator but not always.

“Teething is a normal process. Babies teethe often without us even noticing it,” Dr. Patricia Flanagan from Hasbro Children’s Hospital said.

But when parents do notice it, they want to make it better, many may reach for a medicated numbing gel.

“I think the overall upshot is babies should probably not have medicine for teething pain,” Flanagan said.

It’s gotten to the point where the Food and Drug Administration is taking a stand.

“At the end of June, the FDA came out with a new warning against lidocaine — 2 percent lidocaine — which is prescription medicine that’s quite often prescribed for babies who are teething but should not be,” Flanagan said.

It’s not just prescription lidocaine.

It’s over-the-counter benzocaine, which comes in one strength for adults and another one for babies.

The problem is this: if these numbing topicals are used inappropriately or too often, remember the numbing effects last only minutes, there can be consequences.

“Those children can have seizures, confusion, heart abnormalities and there were several deaths,” Flanagan said.

Doctors say parents are better off using natural remedies.

“A cool teething ring or even a washcloth that you put in the refrigerator, not the freezer, but if you can have a cool wash cloth that you dampen and put in the refrigerator, kids can suck on it and it can be a very soothing thing for them.”

Parents can also rub or massage baby’s gums with a finger to help soothe the teething pain.

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