Teething can be a pretty miserable experience for all involved, but most of all for the baby. Back in the day, our moms rubbed whiskey on our gums (well, at least mine did) and hoped for the best. Moms today are less likely to give babies alcohol, but more likely to try more natural teething solutions, especially since Orajel became unsafe for children under 2.
The FDA issued a warning about benzocaine, which is found in Orajel, Anbesol, and other over-the-counter meds used to help soothe baby gums. The quiet happiness didn't just help the babies, it also helped parents who may now have to resort to pulling their hair out to get through the first teeth.
Not to worry. There really are safe teething solutions that don't contain benzocaine. These include: