(RxWiki News) Some homeopathic teething tablets may contain inconsistent amounts of a toxic substance, according to the FDA.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about safety concerns and risks tied to certain homeopathic teething tablets being marketed to relieve teething symptoms in children.
This warning came after the agency discovered that these teething tablets had varying amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance. In some products, the amount of belladonna found was more than what the product claimed it contained.
Furthermore, the FDA warned that certain homeopathic teething tablets that contain belladonna actually pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children. Because of this risk, the FDA recommended not using these products.
The risks and concerns stemmed from a lack of knowledge of how infants and children younger than 2 will respond to belladonna, according to the FDA. The agency also noted that it had not studied whether homeopathic teething products are safe or effective and that it had, therefore, not approved them.
The FDA said consumers should stop using Hyland's homeopathic teething products, which are made by Raritan Pharmaceuticals, and any other teething products that contain belladonna.
If after using a homeopathic teething product your child experiences seizures, trouble breathing, extreme tiredness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, trouble urinating or agitation, seek immediate medical attention.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist about safer alternatives for your teething baby.