In an unprecedented move, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a strong warning against the use of homeopathic teething products including tablets and gels suggesting that these untested products are harmful for kids and that people should refrain from using them and should dispose off all the products they may have bought through retail stores or online.
The US FDA said that it is currently investing a range of homeopathic teething products. The FDA initiated the investigations after it received multiple complaints from people about the harmful effects of these products including seizures in infants and children. FDA revealed in a press note that it received such reports as early as 2010 and since then it has been investigating and 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.
One such product that has been withdrawn from the US – Hyland’s baby teething medicines – still remain in distribution in Canada. According to a company spokesperson, these products have been pulled from the US market because of US FDA’s general warning against such products, but the company is confident that they are safe and do not pose any danger to the children.