London - Baby teething gels such as Bonjela will be taken off supermarket shelves after UK health chiefs said there was little evidence they worked.
From January 1 all teething products for babies containing lidocaine – a mild local anaesthetic – will only be available behind pharmacy counters.
Until now, the products, including Bonjela and Calgel teething gels, have been available from garages, supermarkets and corner shops.
But a review by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has ruled that should change from next year.
The investigation was prompted by a warning issued by the US Food and Drug Administration, which found a lidocaine solution used as a pain reliever on teething babies’ gums could cause seizures and deaths.