Teething Trio of Trouble

Recently the FDA issued a warning regarding homeopathic teething tablets and gels marketed by Hyland’s.  Parents who have experienced any illness in their infant from the tablets are encouraged to contact the FDA.  The issue is that the teething tablets contain a small amount of Belladonna.  Belladonna is a common weed which contains atropine-like compounds. Atropine is a drug which has a variety of uses including causing the pupils to dilate.  The Hyland’s tablets contain 0.0000000000003% Belladonna alkaloids which should be a safe enough dose; however the FDA is investigating if the company was properly controlling the amount.  Homeopathic remedies are approved for use in the USA; however they have no more benefit than a placebo.  Until further notice from the FDA it is advised to not use the Hyland’s Teething Tablets.


The FDA has also investigated the safety of teething gels such as Oragel which contain benzocaine.  In rare cases the benzocaine can cause methemoglobinemia which is a condition where the baby’s lips turn blue due to reduced oxygen in the blood.  Although this will not happen to most babies who use the gel why take the chance?  Teething is a mild problem for babies and can be treated in safer ways such as teething rings and toys.  Babies like to explore their environment by putting things in their mouth.  Just because he or she is doing so doesn’t mean they are in pain. If your baby is fussy it may have nothing at all to do with his or her teeth.


Finally the amber teething necklace … Looks nice, but doesn’t do anything!  It is also a choking and strangulation hazard. Not recommended! Here is a link with some helpful suggestions for teething. Have a great day!

Dr Mo


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