The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned people serving their child, the homeopathic teething tablets and gels. The organisations noted that these homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to children and infants, they also recommend to stop using the products and dispose off any in their possession.
Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are widely used to relieve the pain and irritability of teething babies. It temporarily relieves symptoms of pain, simple restlessness and wakeful irritability due to cutting teeth. Helps reduce redness and inflammation of gums. These gels and tablets are sold in retail stores and e-commerce websites in US.
Fact to know
Teething usually begins around 6 months of age. But it is normal for teething to start at any time between 3 months and 12 months of age. By the time your child is about 3 years old, he or she will have all 20 primary teeth. The lower front teeth usually come in first.
Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research said, “Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies.” Parents 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.
“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,” said Woodcock.
The US based agency has analysed adverse events regarding the tablets and gels, which includes seizures in infants and children who were given these products. since a 2010 safety alert about homeopathic teething tablets. FDA is currently testing product samples and investigating the issue. It also noted in a statement that the agency didn’t evaluate or approve the Homeopathic teething tablets and gels.
In addition, the Food and Drug Administration is also not aware of any proven health benefit of the products that claims to relieve teething symptoms in infants and children. The agency encourages health care professionals and consumers to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of these homeopathic products for teething.