Teething Tablets Death

Published on December 2, 2016 by Sandy Liebhard

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Homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna may have been responsible for 10 infant deaths. U.S. health regulators have warned parents and caregivers to steer clear of these remedies when it comes to relieving teething pain in children.

Teething Tablets Lawsuit

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating potential wrongful death claims involving teething tablets and gels marketed as homeopathic remedies, including:

  • Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablet
  • CVS Homeopathic Infants’ Teething Tablet (Raritan)
  • Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid (Raritan)
  • CVS Homeopathic Kids’ Ear Relief Liquid (Raritan)

If your child died following ingestion of one of these products, please call to discuss your legal options with a member of our staff.

Deaths, Injuries Linked to Homeopathic Teething Tablets & Gels

In September 2016, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) disclosed that it was investigating 10 deaths possibly linked to homeopathic teething tablets and gels. The agency was also looking into more than 400 reports of seizures and other adverse events in infants and children treated with these products. While the FDA has not yet confirmed that homeopathic teething remedies were the direct cause of these deaths and injuries, the agency has warned parents and caregivers to avoid use of these products in children.

“Homeopathic teething tablets and gels have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy,” the FDA stated in its alert. “The agency is also not aware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labeled to relieve teething symptoms in children.”

Following the FDA warning, CVS decided to pull all homeopathic teething products from its store shelves. Walgreens soon followed. Hyland’s also announced that it would end sales of such medications in the U.S.

Belladonna Poisoning

Many homeopathic teething tablets contain belladonna (also known as deadly nightshade). While small amounts of this ingredient produce a sedative affect, ingesting large amounts can prove toxic. Symptoms of belladonna poisoning include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Tachycardia
  • Loss of balance
  • Staggering
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Flushing
  • Severely dry mouth and throat
  • Slurred speech
  • Urinary retention
  • Constipation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium
  • Convulsions

In 2010, Hyland’s recalled its teething tablets and gels after testing indicated that the products might contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna. A number of adverse events had been reported in relation to that recall.

A similar recall was issued by Raritan Pharmaceuticals in November 2016. However, no injuries have been reported in connection with those products.

Obtain the Legal Assistance You Need Today

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free, no-obligation legal reviews to families who may have lost a child due to homeopathic teething remedies. To discuss your case with a compassionate and experienced attorney, please contact our Firm by calling .

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