This is why teething gels will be removed from supermarket shelves

It's always tough for parents to see their little ones in pain and teething can cause a lot of discomfort for babies.

Us mums often turn to teething gels to help relieve baby of some pain, but it turns out they’re not helping as much as we believed.

Teething gels will no longer be sold in supermarkets from January 2019.

Health officials have ordered the removal of the products from stores after discovering they do not work.

Parents will no longer be able to buy the gel that contains lidocaine from supermarkets, but they will be available from behind pharmacy counters if you need to purchase it.

Experts advised against using the gels and opting for other ways to relieve the gel. They said teething rings or massaging baby’s gums can help a lot.

You can also give your child age-appropriate medicine that is designed for babies who are older than three months can relieve teething pain.

Dr Sarah Branch, deputy director of MHRA’s Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines (VRMM), told The Independent: “Our review showed there is a lack of evidence of benefit to using teething gels. To help babies and children with teething, parents and caregivers should try non-medicine options such as rubbing or massaging the gums or a teething ring.”

The report follows an investigation, which was conducted by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency after it was claimed by the FDA that lidocaine solution is harmful to babies.