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Baby Orajel - A silent killer?

Baby Orajel, Orajel, and other oral gels and sprays used to ease teething pain may actually be doing significantly more harm than good. According to recent government and physician warnings, these and other products containing benzocaine - which include Baby Orajel, Orajel, Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orabase, and the store brand equivalents - have been associated with a very serious condition called methemoglobinemia, which can lead to brain injury and even death. These products are routinely marketed to parents to ease teething pain. What the manufacturers do not tell parents is that these products can actually impair a child's ability to absorb oxygen, which can lead to serious and life-threatening injuries.

Methemoglobinemia, also referred to as "blue baby syndrome," occurs when an infant's blood is unable to carry enough oxygen to body cells and tissue. Due to the lack of oxygen, the infant's skin can turn blue-gray or lavender, which may be difficult to detect in darker skinned babies. What is scary for parents is that the other symptoms of methemoglobinemia, which include diarrhea, vomiting, shortness of breath and fatigue, can resemble common, less severe colds and infections. If left untreated, the continued lack of oxygen can cause coma and death. Even in situations where the condition is caught, children can continue to suffer from lasting effects including brain damage, digestive and respiratory problems.

Protecting the Victims of Baby Orajel

Most concerning is that this condition can be caused by a simple one-time use of Baby Orajel, Orajel, and other benzocaine products and can occur as quickly as one minute to two hours after use. Especially disturbing for parents is that the companies that manufacture these products do not warn about this life-threatening condition or signs of the condition. Parents can lay their child down to sleep, thinking that their child is no longer in pain and resting quietly after having the numbing benzocaine on their gums, while they may actually be missing the tell-tale signs of methemoglobinemia. Unfortunately, when these signs are missed, it can result in the death of the child. To date, the FDA has received notice of 319 cases of methemoglobinemia after the use of benzocaine containing products.

By failing to warn parents of this potentially fatal condition, it has caused many to question how many children may have actually died or been made sick by these products in the past. Some have wondered if many of the deaths attributed to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) were actually caused by Baby Orajel, Orajel, or one of the other benzocaine containing products. Upon the death of an infant, appropriate blood tests are often not run, such that this condition can be missed. Many times only a comprehensive review of the facts and medical records can reveal the true cause of death.

St. Louis Attorney for Baby Orajel Cases

The Onder Law Firm is currently working with parents to determine whether children may have died or been made ill by these dangerous products. We know the importance of dealing with cases involving defective products with delicacy, swift responses and compassion. Should you choose to work with a personal injury attorney from our firm, you can rest easier knowing that you will not be given the apathetic and generic advice of other firms, but rather will be given a hands-on approach that allows for effective resolution of cases.

At our firm, we strongly believe that clients are the focus of everything that we do. By seeking legal representation from our firm, you will receive more than a lawyer - you will receive an advocate on your side who will be willing to go above and beyond in the fight to obtain your just and desirable outcome, even in daunting circumstances. Please contact us today to discuss your options.

To schedule your initial consultation, contact a St. Louis defective product attorney from our firm as soon as possible.

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