FDA issues warning against homeopathic teething products


SILVER SPRINGS, Md. (WATE) – The Food and Drug Administration is warning families to not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to infants and children. The products have not been approved or evaluated by the FDA for safety or efficacy, according to a press release.

The agency says the products can lead to medical concerns in children and is asking for consumers to throw away the products. According to the FDA, children may experience seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating or agitation.

“Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”

Homeopathic teething products can be found in stores like CVS, Hyland’s and online.

The agency says it is looking into reports concerning medical issues in children when using the products. The FDA issued a safety alert for homeopathic teething products in 2010.

Consumers can issue reports about the product to the FDA by submitting a form online or by faxing the form to 1-800-FDA-0178.

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