This is so scary! A brand of homeopathic teething gels and tablets is allegedly linked to the death of 10 infants, and the hospitalization of a staggering 400 more! Is the FDA recalling the product?
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on at the end of September, telling parents of infants that Hyland’s homeopathic teething products may be harmful to their babies. While the FDA has not recalled the products yet, they are strongly encouraging caregivers to stop using them.
The gels and tablets from Hyland’s are used to soothe infants’ pain from teething. But the FDA says that over the past six years, 10 infant deaths and 400 hospitalizations were reported to the agency in connection to the products. The terrifying circumstances for hospitalization include: fever, lethargy, vomiting, sleepiness, tremors, shortness of breath, irritability, agitation and seizures!
The FDA has not recalled the products, but said in a statement that “the relationship of these deaths to the homeopathic teething products has not yet been determined and is currently under review.” Hyland’s has voluntarily removed the products from shelves, including Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets Nighttime and Hyland’s Baby Teething Gel, in the United States because of the FDA’s statement, but the company does not sound happy about it.
“This decision was made in light of the recent warning issued by the Food & Drug Administration against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels. This warning has created confusion among parents and limited access to the medicines,” the letter from Hyland’s employees said. “Putting you in a position of having to choose who to trust in the face of contradictory information is burdensome and undermines the FDA.”
If you’re freaking out because the baby you care for relies on teething gel or tablets for comfort, there’s alternatives! You can massage the infant’s gums with your fingers, or use a teething ring, among other safe methods, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
HollywoodLifers, do you think the FDA will recall the teething gel/tablets? Tell us in the comments.