FDA On Hyland's Teething Products With Poisonous Belladonna: Throw Them Out!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a simple but important message to parents who have purchased teething products containing belladonna from a homeopathic company: throw them out.

FDA said that some tablets had belladonna levels that exceed the amount that is claimed on the label.

Homeopathic teething products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy.

The manufacturer, Standard Homeopathic Company, was contacted by the FDA to issue a recall, but the company has not recalled the product at the time of this writing.

"Since the body's response to belladonna in children under 2 years of age is unpredictable, using such products places them at unnecessary risk", Meyer said.

Instead of teething tablets, help your teething baby feel better by giving him something firm or cold to chew on, or rub a clean finger softly over his gums.

"Most describe serious adverse events, like seizures", said Lyndsay Meyer, a spokeswoman for the FDA. The FDA says elevated levels of Belladonna, a toxic substance, was found in Hyland's Homeopathic teething tablets.

These deaths have not been confirmed to be linked to the teething products, and the case is now "under review, " according to Meyer. "We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homeopathic teething tablets to children..." In an October press release, the company referred to agency's warnings as a source of "confusion" and assured consumers that the products are safe and effective. Nevertheless, the products' maker, Hyland's, would not agree to recall the products when it was notified of the FDA's conclusion, the agency reported.

Due to the fact that the tablets are labeled as homeopathic and do not have a warning label, most parents think that they are a safe way to treat teething pain. "We continue to request any available information and statistics from the FDA".

This warning against homeopathic teething products isn't the first: In September 2016, the FDA warned parents against the use of these products after receiving adverse event reports and in November 2016, Raritan Pharmaceuticals recalled three belladonna-containing homeopathic products, two of which were marketed by CVS.

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