Teething Tablets Seizures

Published on December 2, 2016 by Sandy Liebhard

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Homeopathic teething tablets have been linked to seizures and other adverse events, including some fatalities. If your child or infant was harmed by one of these products, legal help is available. Please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today, at , to obtain a free, no-obligation review of your case.

Teething Tablets and Gels: What’s the Problem?

Homeopathic teething remedies are usually sold as tablets or gels. Some of these products include:

  • 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)

Many homeopathic teething medications contain belladonna, also known as deadly nightshade, which blocks functions of the nervous system. While belladonna is often used in homeopathy for its sedative effects, it can be toxic in large amounts. In 2010, Hyland’s issued a teething tablets recall after testing suggested its homeopathic remedies contained inconsistent amounts of belladonna. A second such recall was announced in 2016 by Raritan Pharmaceuticals.

In September 2016, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning after homeopathic teething tablets were linked to seizures and hundreds of other adverse events. At least 10 deaths were also reported in relation to these products. The agency has advised parents and caregivers to avoid giving homeopathic remedies to infants and children experiencing teething pain. Medical attention should be sought if a child experiences any adverse events following their use, including:

  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Skin flushing
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Agitation

The FDA warning prompted Hyland’s to end all U.S. sales of its homeopathic teething gels and pills, while CVS and Walgreens removed the products from their shelves.

In recent years, a number of class action lawsuits have been filed against Hyland’s by consumers who purchased the company’s homeopathic teething remedies. In 2016, the company agreed to pay $2.9 million to settle a teething tablets lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. The agreement would provide reimbursement to individuals who bought Hyland’s baby products after March 2008. (Case No. 2:12-cv-01983)

Did Your Child Suffer Seizures from a Homeopathic Teething Remedy?

Families whose children suffered serious complications, including seizures, related to homeopathic teething tablets or gels may be entitled to compensation from the products’ manufacturers. To learn more about the available legal options, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by calling .

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