In the last 6 years, ten children- who used homeopathic teething tablets- have died and 400 adverse events associated with the tablets have been reported to the FDA. The FDA is now warning and recommending that caregivers stop using their products based on this. They are continuing to investigate the adverse events and the cases involving the deaths because the relationship of the deaths to the teething products still hasn’t been determined.
The adverse effects include fever, lethargy, vomiting, sleepiness, tremors, shortness of breath, irritability, seizures and agitation.
In response to the FDA, Hyland’s, a maker of homeopathic teething tablets and gels, has announced that they will stop distributing the products in the United States:
“This decision was made in light of the recent warning issued by the Food & Drug Administration against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels. This warning has created confusion among parents and limited access to the medicines,” the letter from Hyland’s employees said. “Putting you in a position of having to choose who to trust in the face of contradictory information is burdensome and undermines the FDA.”
While there has been no recall, many drugstore chains and health food stores that sold Hyland’s, Baby Orajel Naturals and private label versions of teething products, have pulled them from the shelves, as well.
Hylands went on to say:
“We are confident that any available Hyland’s teething products, including those you already have, are safe for use,” the Hyland’s letter said. “Of course, parents who may have concerns should consult with their physicians before using any medicines, read labels carefully and follow all instructions.
We look forward to the future of homeopathic medicines as we work in partnership with the FDA,” the letter said.”
In 2010, the FDA issued a safety alert about the tablets and Hyland’s issued a recall. After lab testing, the FDA said it found inconsistent amounts of belladonna in the tablets so Hyland’s reformulated their product to reduce the amount of belladonna and made their production process better so they could best monitor, trend and investigate their products.
To date, Hylands says they have not seen a trend which indicates that their teething medicines pose any risk to consumers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says they suggest that parents massage the child’s gums, use a solid teething ring, a frozen washcloth, or give the baby frozen bananas, berries or bagels, HOWEVER, I’ve checked with friends and most report to me they’ve really only heard the ACTUAL party line- give them acetaminophen.
Let me please say that when ANY child dies, it is sad. And let me also say that if the FDA actually cared about children they would investigate, and use the same language as they did in this instance, with ALL VACCINES because infinitely more children have been irrevocably harmed or killed due to something they consistently tout as “safe”.
What do you think? Will you continue to use the Hylands tablets you have in your home or will you throw them away?