FDA warns parents about teething tablets

A baby with teeth showing. Undated. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Ricker, licensed under CC BY 2.0, St. George News

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. The FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products and dispose of any in their possession.

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are distributed by CVS, Hyland’s, and possibly others, and are sold in retail stores and online.

Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.

Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”

The FDA is analyzing adverse events reported to the agency regarding homeopathic teething tablets and gels, including seizures in infants and children who were given these products, since a 2010 safety alert about homeopathic teething tablets.

The FDA is currently investigating this issue, including testing product samples. The agency will continue to communicate with the public as more information is available.

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy. The agency is also not aware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labeled to relieve teething symptoms in children.

The FDA encourages health care professionals and consumers to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of homeopathic teething tablets or gels to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency is also responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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4 Comments

  • Bob October 4, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    probly chinese imports full of lead, mercury, and other assorted toxins. got to love globalism

  • native born new mexican October 5, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I worked for years in a store where we sold these types of things. There is nothing wrong with them. This is just more ridiculous, self serving government over reach. I wonder how much the big pharmaceutical companies paid to get this smear campaign going?
    Enough already. These government agencies are nothing but paid liars with no credibility.

    • .... October 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Well that’s just your opinion. for all we know you’re a liar. he said she said

  • .... October 5, 2016 at 12:22 am

    This is absolutely terrible that a product such as this ends up in people’s homes and an innocent children become a victim. I would like to thank the people from the FDA for alerting parents of this situation. God bless each and every one of you !

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