Parents Should Give Up Using Teething Rings with Belladonna

Posted January 31, 2017

Laboratory analysis by the FDA found that the teething tablets had "inconsistent amounts of belladonna" which sometimes even exceeded the amount purported on the labeling.

Past year we told you about a consumer warning issued by the FDA regarding homeopathic teething products that had inconsistent levels of belladonna, which is considered a toxic substance.

"The agency is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children and urges consumers not to use these products", the warning issued on January 27 states.

Furthermore, the homeopathic teething products have not been approved nor properly evaluated by the FDA for their proposed effectiveness to provide relief for babies or their overall safety standards.

Hyland's, a producer of homeopathic tablets, has refused to conduct an official recall.

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Last November, another maker of homeopathic products, Raritan Pharmaceuticals, recalled belladonna-containing teething products.

"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", said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. This puts the toddlers at unnecessary risk and the homeopathic teething products should be carefully avoided.

The FDA urged parents to stop using the tablets after at least 10 deaths were reported in connection with their use. According to Hyland's website, the Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets are no longer being distributed in the United States. These drugs are sold to relieve teething symptoms for children under the age of two years old who experience pain or discomfort when their teeth start to grow. The agency confirmed on Friday that indeed the product had inconsistent amounts of belladonna.

The FDA stated that consumers should immediately contact the medical authorities if their child has undergone a difficulty in breathing, seizures, problems urinating as well as constipation, a weakness within the muscles, and several more signs.