FDA Warns Against Teething Tablets and Gels

Homeopathic remedies are never infant-approved.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Oct 2016
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From teething toys to Tylenol, there are several resources you’ll desperately turn to when baby starts experiencing teething pain. But don’t make homeopathic teething tablets or gels one of them. The FDA is recommending “that consumers stop using these products and dispose of any in their possession,” linking them to 10 child deaths and 400 adverse events.

After releasing a safety alert back in 2010, the FDA is investigated reports of infant seizures potentially linked to homeopathic teething tablets and gels. Additional reactive symptoms to look out for include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Skin flushing
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Constipation
  • Agitation

“Homeopathic teething tablets and gels have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy,” the latest statement reads. “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 sites CVS and Hyland’s as major retailers of these products. Both have since issued voluntary recalls.

Wondering why parents may turn to teething tablets or gels if they’ve historically been advised against? While the debut of that first pearly white varies from baby to baby, most children start teething right around 6 months old. Any earlier is too young for children’s Tylenol, a staple for pain relief. (Even if you’re planning to administer Tylenol to a child over the age of 6 months, you should always check the dosage with your pediatrician for any child under 2 years.)

So how can you help baby find relief? These 10 teethers are a good place to start.

If you think your child has experienced any of the adverse symptoms associated with homeopathic teething remedies, you’re encouraged to file an online report.

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