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FDA issues warning against homeopathic teething tablets

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SILVER SPRING, Md., USA: After laboratory testing of homeopathic teething tablets, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged consumers not to use these products, as certain brands contain inconsistent amounts of Atropa belladonna, a toxic plant, which poses an unnecessary risk to infants and children.

In particular, the FDA analysis found that belladonna alkaloids (atropine and scopolamine) content and coffea cruda (caffeine) content were not uniform among the tablets marketed by CVS and Hyland’s. In addition, the levels of atropine and scopolamine in some of the CVS tablets and the levels of scopolamine in some of the Hyland’s tablets far exceeded the amount stated on the products’ labels, according to the federal agency.

In light of these findings, the FDA contacted Standard Homeopathic Company, the manufacturer of Hyland’s homeopathic teething products, regarding a recall of its homeopathic teething tablet products labeled as containing belladonna, in order to protect consumers.

The FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products marketed by Hyland’s immediately and dispose responsibly of any in their possession.

“The body’s response to belladonna in children under two years of age is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homeopathic teething tablets to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”

Health care professionals and consumers are encouraged to report adverse events regarding teething products via the FDA website.

Homeopathic teething products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or effectiveness. The agency highlighted that it is unaware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labeled as relieving teething symptoms in children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that instead of using over-the-counter pain relievers, caregivers should give their baby a chilled teething ring or gently rub or massage the child’s gingivae to provide pain relief.

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