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The systemic absorption of topical medications placed in the mouth,
nose or on the conjunctiva is well known, as is the ability of young
children to swallow anything! Even my mouthwash recommends not to
administer to children under the age of six.
Obviously the parents were overusing the teething gel. However, as
these products are marketed for the use on young children, perhaps
salicylates should be withdrawn to prevent further occurrences.