FDA confirms toxic substance in homeopathic teething products
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use certain homeopathic teething products that contain belladonna, a toxic
A laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna in Hyland’s homeopathic
teething products. The products are manufactured by Standard Homeopathic Company,
which has not agreed to a recall, according to the FDA.
“The body’s response to belladonna in children under two years of age is unpredictable
and puts them at unnecessary risk,” FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director
Janet Woodcock, M.D., said in a news release. “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.”
If a child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness,
muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating or agitation after
using these products he or she should see a doctor immediately.
Health care professionals and patients can report adverse side effects to the FDA’s
MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report or by calling 800-332-1088.