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US FDA warning: Homeopathic teething tablets and gels as harmful for kids

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that the homeopathic teething tablets and gels that are being sold through retail stores as well as online in the are harmful for kids.

The US FDA has also urged people to dispose off any such tablets and gels that they may have in their possession. The FDA has issued the warning after there have been multiple reports of adverse events including seizures in infants and children who were given these products. First such instances were reported back in 2010 and ever since the FDA is carrying out investigations including testing product samples. FDA has said that none of the homeopathic teething tablets or gels have been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy.

“Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies,” said Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Centre 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.”

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, the FDA has urged.

The agency is also not aware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labelled to relieve teething symptoms in children. The FDA encourages health care professionals and consumers to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of homeopathic teething tablets or gels.

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