FDA Issues a Warning Against Use of Teething Tablets and Gels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strongly urges consumers to discontinue the use of teething tablet and gels, as they may post a risk to the infants and children using them. This warning comes due to adverse reactions to the product including seizures in infants and children who were given these products. Although the FDA has not evaluated or approved the use of these products, they are now investigating the issue by testing product samples.

These products are most commonly known to be distributed by CVS, Hyland’s, and possibly others being sold in retail and online stores. “Teething can be managed without [a] 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.”

Those using the product should seek emergency care 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. Health care professionals and consumers are asked to report any adverse reactions associated with the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

FDA officials said that they are not aware of any proven health benefit of the product, advertised by their product labeling to reduce teething symptoms.

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