Teething Tablets & Gels May Be Harmful

Following the recent safety warning issued by the  US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Academy of Pediatrics’HealthyChildren.org  is warning all parents to avoid giving homeopathic teething tablets and gels to small children. This is because the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels have been associated with many adverse health effects, including death. The adverse health complications, including lethargy, vomiting, fever, tremors, sleepiness,  irritability, agitation, shortness of breath and 10 deaths, were reported over the past six years.

hylandWhile there has been no recall on any of the teething tablets or gels, popular teething brands such as Baby Orajel Naturals, Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets Nighttime and Hyland’s Baby Teething Gel are currently been pulled off the shelves of retailers across the US in the wake of the FDA’s latest warning. Hyland has also expressly stated their plans to discontinue distribution of its teething products in the US

Citing the FDA warnings and the potential side effects, the American Academy of Pediatrics’HealthyChildren.org warns parents to avoid the use of teething tablets or gels that contain belladonna or benzocaine. In 2010, a safety alert was issued by the FDA after the agency found inconsistent amounts of belladonna in Hyland’s tablets. According to WebMD, “Belladonna has chemicals that can block functions of the body’s nervous system. Some of the bodily functions regulated by the nervous system include salivation, sweating, pupil size, urination, digestive functions, and others”.

Orajel™ Toothache Pain Relief Gel, Cream, Liquid, and Swabs also contain benzocaine. According to WebMD, adverse reactions to benzocaine include “rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.”

To soothe or ease your baby’s teething pain or discomfort, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends massaging your child’s gums with a clean finger when your baby is in pain; using a solid teething ring or clean, wet washcloth that’s been chilled in the freezer; frozen bananas, berries or bagels. Weight-appropriate dose of acetaminophen can also be administered, based your child’s doctor dose recommendation.

Sources:

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/12/health/hylands-teething-tablets-discontinued-fda-warning/index.html?sr=fbCNN101316hylands-teething-tablets-discontinued-fda-warning0731AMStoryGalLink&linkId=29874874

WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-75054/benzocaine-otic/details#

WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-531-belladonna.aspx?activeingredientid=531&activeingredientname=belladonna

Hyland: http://www.hylands.com/hylands-discontinues-teething-tablets-and-gels

The American Academy of Pediatrics’HealthyChildren: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/teething-tooth-care/Pages/How-to-Help-Teething-Symptoms-without-Medications.aspx

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