FDA issues new warning against homeopathic teething tablets

31 January, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Joy Garcia
  • Baby chewing a carrot

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a warning for consumers who use a popular teething tablet for their children. The company did not agree to a recall but has discontinued its product on October 7.

The FDA says it reached out to the manufacturer of Hyland's teething products, but, at least for now, the company is not planning on issuing a recall. However, this is not the first time the FDA warned consumers about the risks associated with homeopathic products.

Stop using and toss the teething tablets marketed by Hyland's, the FDA said in its report.

Earlier in September 2016, the FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, had warned against the use of these tablets after it received dozens of reports about adverse events, including seizures and some infant deaths. Homeopathic teething products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or effectiveness, and the agency is unaware of any proven health benefit of the products.

What do you think about the FDA's warning regarding the homeopathic products?

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They're made by Standard Homeopathic Company in Los Angeles.

"They showed some limited data on samples they tested that indicated inconsistent amounts of belladonna alkaloid at the nanogram level", Borneman said.

Anyone whose child has had such adverse effects is asked to report them to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. "We're a 114-year-old company".

Instead of teething gels or tablets, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends gently rubbing or massaging the child's gums with your finger and giving the child a cool (not cold) teething ring or a clean, wet, cool washcloth to chew on. Consumers should seek medical treatment if their child experiences seizures, breathing difficulties, lethargy, sleepiness, muscle weakness, constipation, skin flushing, difficulty urinating and agitation after using these products, the FDA said. Before using a certain homeopathic teething product to ease your little one's pain, simply check labels for "belladonna" or just check with your own doctor for alternative methods for pain relief.

If there was any lingering doubt, toss Hyland's homeopathic teething remedies - they may be toxic to babies, the FDA said over the weekend.

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