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Do Not Use Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels for Babies Warns FDA

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Homeopathic teething products might not be safe says FDA

Are you treating your infant’s teething pain with some homeopathic teething tablets or gels sold at your local pharmacy? Here’s why that could be putting your infant’s health at risk of a seizure or other medical complication.


According to a recent warning to consumers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children, and as such should be immediately discontinued until the FDA has completed its investigation of some potentially associated health risks.

Furthermore, the FDA tells us that there is no data that demonstrates any proven health benefit of these types of products for relieving teething symptoms in children.

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The FDA tells consumers that they are currently analyzing homeopathic teething tablets and gels that have been linked to incidences of seizures and other problems in infants and children who have used the products. If your child is using a homeopathic product and experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels that they should contact their healthcare physician immediately.

“Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”

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Safe Alternative for Teething Pain

So what is a safe alternative? Parenting.com recommends a simple gum massage that requires nothing more than a clean finger from Mom or Dad to apply some counter-pressure to their infant’s sore gums to help ease the pain of teething.

If your child has experienced any problems with a teething product, parents are encouraged to contact the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:

• Complete and submit the report online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm; or
• Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.

For more options on what to do about teething pain, here are some informative tips on 6 remedies for a teething baby.

Reference: FDA.gov news release “FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels

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