Saying No to Homeopathic Teething Tablets? Alternatives to Treating a Child’s Pain.

Published on December 6, 2016 by admin

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In late September, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned against the use of homeopathic teething pills and gels, as these products may pose significant risks to infants and children. Parents and caregivers have been advised to seek alternative remedies when it comes to managing a child’s teething pain.

What are the Alternatives?

According to a recent article posted at ConsumerAffairs.com, there are several drug-free ways that parents can help their little ones cope with teething pain:

  • A plain, solid teething ring will allow a baby to use pressure to ease teething pain on their own. The ring can be chilled, but it shouldn’t be completely frozen.
  • Try massaging your baby’s gums with a clean finger or washcloth.
  • Certain foods, such as yogurt or applesauce cold from the refrigerator, can provide some relief for children who have been introduced to solids.

FDA Teething Pill Warning

According to the FDA, homeopathic teething gels and pills have been linked to more than 400 reports of seizures and other adverse events in children and infants. The products have also been implicated in 10 deaths since 2010. While the FDA can’t say for certain that homeopathic remedies were actually responsible for these events, it’s advising parents and caregivers to stay away from such products. For one thing, homeopathic teething pills and gels haven’t been evaluated by the FDA for safety. What’s more, there is no proof that they actually work.

Parents who do use these products have been warned to seek medical attention for their child if they experience seizures, difficulty breathing, or other adverse effect following ingestion of a homeopathic remedy.

So far, Hyland’s has announced plans to end U.S. sales of its homeopathic teething remedies, while both CVS and Walgreens have removed such products from their store shelves. Late last month, Raritan Pharmaceuticals announced a recall for homeopathic teething and ear pain medications due to possibly inconsistent amounts of belladonna, an ingredient that can prove fatal if ingested in large amounts. Fortunately, the recalled products have so far not been associated with any adverse events.

Teething Tablets Lawsuits

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now investigating potential teething tablets lawsuits. If your child was harmed by a homeopathic remedy, please call (888) 870-9331 to contact a qualified teething tablets lawyer today.

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