High authorities, such as the US Food and Drug Administration, announced that there are severe side-effects with teething tablets. The homeopathic remedy is believed to have caused no less than ten infant deaths. Hundreds of other cases of adverse effects have also been reported, but officials don’t know for sure how the products determined them.
Parents tend to use teething tablets to help their babies go through the unpleasant period when their teeth start to come out. However, side-effects have been reported for six years now. Children experienced fever, vomiting, lethargy, tremors, agitation, irritability, and sleepiness, among others. Recently, the idea that ten deaths could be related to the treatment has emerged.
Teething tablets contain pills meant to fight against these very side effects. They are supposed to calm irritability and help babies have a sound sleep. They are administered orally, after being resolved in water. They can also melt in the baby’s mouth.
There are providers who decided to stop the production of teething tablets, as a result of the warning set by FDA. Hyland’s is one of the companies that agreed to the reduction of products. The treatment will still be available. However, parents should ask for the doctor’s advice, as developers suggest too.
FDA officials took action against teething tablets six years ago too. Back in 2010, the products were taken to the lab, where scientists ran tests. However, there was little evidence about the remedies being harmful. Nevertheless, Hyland’s agreed on a recall back then too.
Previous lab analyses found inappropriate amounts of belladonna. Companies tried to reduce or exclude the quantity of pain reliever in the formula of products dedicated to babies.
Infants experience the pains of teeth growing when they are about six months old. The process could begin earlier, even after three months of life. The pain keeps both babies and parents awake at night, and a pain reliever is the best solution.
Now specialists don’t tend to recommend teething tablets. Instead, they suggest some alternatives to parents with teething babies. They could try paracetamol for their kids, after asking doctors for the right doses. Other methods, such as massages or cold, soft fruits could also have good results in relieving children’s pain.
Health experts have been having doubts about the efficiency of teething tablets for years now. They explain that the products may contain ingredients which may endanger babies’ lives. Further lab tests will determine what is wrong with the product.
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