STATES CHRONICLE – The US Food and Drug Administration advises parents to no longer use teething rings for their babies because they contain belladonna. Aside from teething rings, there are also some teething tablets which are just as dangerous. FDA warns parents about these products claiming that the tablets manufactured by Standard Homeopathic Company contain the poisonous plant known as belladonna.
This plant is present in amounts much higher than the company chose to put on the label. Belladonna is also known as being deadly nightshade. Consumers should stop purchasing these products which can pose a severe threat to their infants’ health. All Hyland’s products related to teething rings or other teething products should be avoided for the safety of the babies.
Janet Woodcock, M.D., the director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, argued that the babies’ body response to such products is unpredictable, putting them at risk. Caregivers and parents should avoid using Hyland’s teething products and start seeking for medical advice. Their health care professional can provide a safe alternative for their infants.
Back in November 2016, Raritan Pharmaceuticals of East Brunswick, New Jersey has removed from the market three homeopathic products containing belladonna. Two of these products were market by CVS. This agency had declared during a press conference that those teething products were not even approved by FDA. They were claimed to be neither practical nor safe by any medical authority.
The CVS stated that they are not aware of any health benefits which these products could bring. These drugs are sold to relieve teething symptoms for children under the age of two years old who experience pain or discomfort when their teeth start to grow. Nevertheless, even if parents, at first, were triggered to use them hoping to help their babies, medical authorities do not recommend them.
Specialists argue that teeth growing represent a typical process experienced by everyone at some point and that the pain which occurs during the process is normal and should not be annihilated since it is not such a terrible or unbearable pain. The FDA advises parents not to hesitate and seek medical help if their babies experience agitation after using teething rings or tablets, difficulty urinating, constipation, skin flushing, muscle weakness, excessive sleepiness, lethargy, seizures and difficulty breathing.
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