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FDA: Homeopathic Teething Tablets May Harm Infants

FDA: Homeopathic Teething Tablets May Harm Infants

October 3, 2016 — The FDA is warning that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children.

There have been more reports of infants and children who experienced seizures after being given homeopathic teething tablets.

The FDA will be testing more products and updating the public with new information. In the meantime, the agency is asking consumers not to use the products and throw them away.

The FDA recalled Hyland’s Teething Tablets in October 2010 after receiving reports of children who had symptoms consistent with belladonna toxicity.

Belladonna, also known as “deadly nightshade,” is an extremely poisonous plant. It has been used since ancient times as a medicine, cosmetic, and in warfare. It has a mild anesthetic effect in small amounts.

The FDA found inconsistent amounts of belladonna in Hyland’s Teething Tablets. The agency also received reports of children consuming more tablets than recommended because the bottles do not have child-resistant caps.

The symptoms of belladonna toxicity may include:

  • Seizures
  • Trouble breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Skin flushing
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Agitation

The FDA also recommends against giving infants teething gels that contain the anesthetics lidocaine or benzocaine due to the risk of life-threatening side effects.

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