Teething: some babies whine a bit and take it in stride, and others really seem to feel the pain. Why the difference? Who knows, but humans have invented more than a few helpful tools to ease the process for both children and parents.
Recently, however, the FDA has warned against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels. The Administration recommends that consumers stop using these products if they are, and throw out any that are in their possession.
The announcement comes on the heals of reports from some parents that their children were suffering from adverse side effects after using homeopathic teething gels and tablets, including seizures.
The tablets and gels involved are sold in the U.S at CVS, Hyland’s, and possibly others retail stores, as well as being available online.
The FDA is not identifying a specific link between the effects and the homeopathic remedies at this time, but is issuing a reminder that guardians should seek medical help immediately if their child is experiencing seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.
Have a really fussy baby, and these gels are all that works?
The Administration recommends talking to your doctor. Alternatives are out there that could be safer for children to ingest when facing the daunting project of welcoming new chops.
If you have experienced adverse events or quality problems with the use of homeopathic teething tablets or gels, the FDA is also encouraging Americans to report what happened to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.
You can do this by:
- Completing and submitting the report online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm; or
- Downloading and completing the form, then submitting it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.