FDA warns against children using homeopathic teething gels, tablets

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced September 2016 that homeopathic teething tablets and gels might pose a risk to infants and children. The FDA suggests customers dispose of any homeopathic teething tablets they may have in their homes.

"Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels," according to a statement from the FDA.

According to MouthHealthy.org, the ADA's consumer website, teething typically starts between 6 and 12 months after the baby is born. Normal teething symptoms include fussiness, trouble sleeping, irritability, loss of appetite and drooling more than usual. To sooth a teething baby, gently rubbing their gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon, or a moist gauze pad can be southing. A clean teething ring for your child to chew on may also help.

The FDA said it is not aware of any proven health benefit of the homeopathic teething tablets and gels that have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy. The FDA urges consumers to report any adverse events from homeopathic teething tablets and gels to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

The Medwatch Adverse Event Reporting Program can be found at this link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm.

For more information on teething, visit MouthHealthy.org.

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