You guys know that I am not a reactionary so you know that I wouldn't post a headline like this unless I was really concerned about something. Hyland's "Homeopathic" products are very popular and a LOT of people, including people I know, use their children's products. One of the most popular is the teething tablets. A lot of their products don't do diddly squat but for some reason the teething tablets do seem to calm some people's kids. Perhaps in this case there is actually enough active ingredient to do the job, OR people give more than recommended. But this is completely anecdotal and there is no reason to think the teething tablets do ANYTHING and they most likely do not. Teething pain, like any pain, wanes sometimes and people could be associating a "wane" with the tablets working. I don't know. Lest you think this is easy for me to say, I gave these to my son when he was teething lo those many years ago. It's amazing what we'll do when our children are in pain. That includes me. I'm no Vulcan and I will go against my knowledge and instincts sometimes if I do not think it will harm my child. And yet…I shudder to think…
I could have sworn they worked too. But I do not know that they did anything. Again, pain wanes. Sometimes pain wanes right after you do something you think will make it go away but it has nothing to do with what you did. Then the pain comes back. Because, again, pain comes and goes.
Remember, usually "homeopathic" herbal products are so diluted as to be about as strong as water. However..
The FDA has recalled Hyland's teething tablets. There have been adverse reactions reported. They contain belladonna. Yep, the poisonous kind. Otherwise known as deadly nightshade. It has been used as a medicinal herb at low doses for a long time. At high doses this could kill your child. I'm not sure what the belladonna in the teething tabs is supposed to do exactly. Whether it is meant to relieve pain or be a calmitive but as with most homeopathic remedies it is probably a lot of murky BS. These container have no child proof lid and they taste like little pieces of vanilla candy. It is unlikely your infant who is teething would get into them but if you have toddlers this could be a dangerous situation and you should not have this product in your home right now.
Here is the FDA News Release:
Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children
Oct. 23, 2010
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children. The FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. The manufacturer is issuing a recall of this product.
Hyland's Teething Tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis, however, has found that Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna. In addition, the FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps.
The FDA advises consumers to consult their health care professional if their child experiences symptoms such as seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using Hyland’s Teething Tablets.
Hyland’s Teething Tablets is a homeopathic product intended to provide temporary relief of teething symptoms in children that is sold over-the-counter (OTC) in retail outlets. The FDA has not evaluated Hyland’s Teething Tablets for safety or efficacy, and is not aware of any proven clinical benefit offered by the product.
An ongoing inspection at the manufacturer also indicates substandard control of the manufacturing operation. After consultation with the FDA today, the manufacturer of the product, Standard Homeopathic Company agreed to voluntarily recall Hyland’s Teething Tablets from the market.
FDA urges both health care professionals and consumers to report side effects from use of Hyland’s Teething Tablets to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either:
* Complete and submit the report online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
* Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178