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The Dangers of Homeopathic Solutions: FDA Issues Warning Against Hyland’s Teething Tablets

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently come out with a statement warning the public against the use of Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets and similar products. In an announcement reported by CNN on October 13, the FDA strongly discouraged parents and caregivers from using the homeopathic teething solution that are now being linked to ten infant deaths, plus 400 more incidents of adverse side effects in infants and children.

Hyland’s teething tablets and other similar products were found to cause vomiting, muscle weakness, agitation, lethargy, sleepiness, difficulty breathing, flushed skin, difficulty urinating, and seizures. The side effects caused by taking teething tablets are largely similar to symptoms of belladonna toxicity. Belladonna, more typically known as dead nightshade, is one the main ingredients used in these tablets. In controlled doses, it has been used as a sedative to remedy conditions like Parkinson’s disease. While homeopathy techniques claim that belladonna was properly diluted in the production of tablets, the lack of FDA regulation for these tablets doesn’t give much assurance of this.

Parents and caregivers on the lookout for teething remedies should instead try the many medically sound and tested techniques suggested by many doctors. One way parents can help soothe a teething bay is through the use of chew toys and child-safe pain medication like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Just remember to ask a physician about age-appropriate dosage when using OTC pain relievers. Another easy tip is to use a cold washcloth to gently massage the baby’s gums. Whatever solution you may try, remember to avoid using homeopathic remedies like teething tablets and gels. These products make use of ingredients that haven’t been properly tested and regulated. As noted by Williams Kherkher, these ingredients are so often powerful that, even when diluted, might leave you wondering why it can be safe to use for babies and children.

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