FDA Recalls Homeopathic Teething Tablets—What You Should Do

Last week, on April 10th, the Standard Homeopathic Company agreed to the FDA’s request to recall all of the company’s Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets. If your child relies on any of Hyland’s teething tablet brands, such as Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets, then call the company at 1-800-991-3376. You can also fill out the FDA’s voluntary reporting form by visiting http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm. In the meantime, Dr. Marr and our staff are ready to help you and your child make it through the teething stage safely and successfully!

Why the Recall?

In January, an FDA analysis found that the homeopathic teething tablets contained inconsistent amounts of belladonna—a naturally occurring, plant-based mixture that is known to be toxic. In some cases, the amount of belladonna far exceeded what the product’s label claimed. The FDA informed Standard Homeopathic Company, who then agreed to announce a complete recall of the products in question.

Better Ways to Help Teething

While you may not be able to rely on these teething tablets anymore, you can still help make the teething struggle easier for your child with these few tips:

  • When your child’s teeth are emerging from the gums, cold and slight pressure can provide significant relief from discomfort. Safe, edible choices are often the best, such as frozen pieces of banana, carrots, and/or apples.
  • In addition to frozen fruits, some teething rings can also prove beneficial, particularly the ones you can freeze. However, be sure not to allow the ring to freeze completely; the solidity of a frozen ring could potentially bruise your child’s already sensitive gums.
  • If you’re worried about the potential for teething rings to burst or your child to bite off a chunk of frozen fruit, then consider using a soft, clean, frozen towel or terry cloth. Soak the cloth in chamomile tea or other soothing substance, then tie a small knot at the end for your child to gently (and safely) gnaw on.

For More Information, Call Us Today!

For more information on the FDA’s recall of Hyland’s teething tablets, or for tips on how to help your child make it through the teething phase, speak with Dr. Marr and our team. To make an appointment, call Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880.

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