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Teething Tablets Could Contain Deadly Belladonna

FOX 59 News reports on a warning the Food and Drug Administration issued to parents of infant children. The agency believes Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets could contain belladonna, a toxic and potentially deadly substance. 

Details on the Discontinuation of Hyland’s Homeopathic Teething Tablets

Homeopathic Teething Tablets have been in existence since the early 1900’s and are intended to reduce pain for babies whose first teeth are coming in. Standard Homeopathic Co. of Los Angeles discontinued the Hyland’s product on October 7th.

Since the FDA issued a safety alert in 2010 regarding belladonna, it has received 400 reports of belladonna-related incidents in babies exposed to teething products.

An FDA spokesperson said reports consisted of serious events like seizures and deaths.

The FDA issued a second warning regarding belladonna in September.

While Hyland’s discontinued the product, it still asserts that its product is safe, that the discontinuation was precautionary, and that there has been no causal link established between its product and belladonna.

The FDA stands by its findings of the presence of belladonna.

Hyland’s actions stand in contrast with Raritan Pharmaceuticals, a New Jersey-based company that has taken the added measure of recalling belladonna-containing products. Hyland’s notes that the FDA has not requested that their company recall the products.

Information on Belladonna and Associated Precautions Parents Should Take

  • Belladonna is more commonly known as “deadly nightshade.”
  • Belladonna can provoke an unpredictable response in children under two years of age.
  • The FDA recommends that parents cease giving babies any product that contains belladonna and to dispose of the product.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends substituting teething gels and tablets with gently rubbing or massaging the child’s gums with your fingers or giving the child a cool teething ring or a clean, wet, and cool washcloth to chew.

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