10 deaths could be linked to teething products


Ten deaths could be linked to the use of infant homeopathic teething products over the past six years, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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FDA warns about homeopathic teething products

In late September, the FDA recommended that consumers stop using homeopathic teething tablets and gels after a preliminary investigation. The FDA is analyzing adverse effects reported from the use of the products, including seizures in infants and children who were given them. 

In a statement to The Arizona Republic, the FDA said the relationship between the 10 deaths and the homeopathic teething products hasn’t been determined and is under investigation.

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels claim to relieve teething symptoms in children, but the FDA said it’s not aware of any proven health benefit of the products. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA.

Many retailers have stopped selling the products in stores since the FDA warning, and Hyland’s has decided to pull its products from shelves.

Here’s an excerpt of a statement from Hyland’s website:

It is therefore with much sadness that we share with you that we have chosen to discontinue the distribution of our Hyland’s teething medicines in the United States. This decision was made in light of the recent warning issued by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels. This warning has created confusion among parents and limited access to the medicines.

The statement went on to say that Hyland’s believes any of its available teething products are safe for use. The company encouraged parents to consult their child’s doctor about any concerns. 

If your child suffered adverse effects after using the products, report it to the FDA online.

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