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Homeopathic Teething Tablets & Gels – Do Not Use!

Nov 18, 2016


This October 2016, the FDA issued a warning against parents giving their little ones homeopathic teething tablets or gels.  This is 2 years after the FDA also banned the use of benzocaine teething gels (see previous post here). Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are distributed by CVS, Hyland’s, and other retail stores. While they do not have benzocaine in them, they do have inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a plant based chemical that may have unsafe sedative effects.  The FDA is investigating 10 infant deaths possibly associated with these teething tablets. Hyland’s has since recalled and discontinued this product.

In general, if your little one is having teething pain, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend using safer alternatives like teething rings and cold wash clothes to help your little one get through the irritability and discomfort of teething pain. For more teething tips, check out this post HERE or this Parents Magazine article HERE.

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