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FDA Finds Deadly Belladonna in Baby Teething Tablets

FDA Finds Deadly Belladonna in Baby Teething Tablets

January 31, 2017 — The FDA has confirmed that homeopathic teething tablets for babies contain toxic belladonna after investigating more than 400 reports of babies who were sickened and 10 deaths.

Some products have levels of belladonna “far exceeding the amount claimed on the label,” and the FDA is warning parents not to give them to babies. According to Dr. Janet Woodcock of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research:

The body’s response to belladonna in children under two years of age is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk. We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homeopathic teething tablets to children.”

Hyland’s Teething Tablets were the prime suspect of the FDA’s investigation from the beginning. The company discontinued sales in October 2016, but refused to recall it and insists the product is safe.

In 2010, the FDA issued a Safety Alert recommending against using Hyland’s Teething Tablets after receiving reports of babies who had seizures and other symptoms consistent with belladonna poisoning.

In 2014, researchers published a case report of a 20 day-old infant who suffered 30 minutes of seizures — just 2 hours after being given a normal dose of belladonna teething tablets.

The symptoms of belladonna poisoning include seizures, vomiting, trouble breathing, excessive sleepiness, skin flushing, constipation, blurry vision, confusion, difficulty urinating, and muscle weakness.

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