FDA: Teething Gels/Tablets Pose Risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents, caregivers, and child care providers against using homeopathic teething tablets and gels in infants and toddlers who are teething. The products, which are sold over the counter in pharmacies and retail stores and online, can cause serious side effects.
According to the FDA, seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, and agitation have been linked to these products. Parents and caregivers should seek immediate medical care if an infant or young child experiences any of these symptoms after using homeopathic teething gels or tablets.
Most health care providers recommend managing teething pain without using prescription or over-the-counter remedies. Gently rubbing the infant’s gums with a cold (not frozen) wash cloth or giving the baby a teething ring may be helpful. If necessary, an OTC pain reliever—such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen—may be used, but parents and caregivers should be sure to follow dosing instructions carefully.
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