Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hyland's Teething Tablets May Pose Poisoning Risk To Babies and Toddlers

The FDA is warning consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children.  They are warning people to stop using and discard Hyland’s Teething Tablets. The manufacturer is recalling this product.

Why are they being recalled?
FDA analysis and testing identified some Hyland’s Teething Tablets that contained varying amounts of belladonna, a potentially toxic ingredient.

What is belladonna?
Belladonna is commonly known as Deadly Nightshade.  It is a plant whose leaves and berries are extremely toxic.  Belladonna has been used as both a poison and a medicine throughout history.

What are symptoms of belladonna toxicity or overdose?
Belladonna alkaloids have anticholinergic effects.  Classic signs of anticholinergic toxicity include fast heart rate, increased body temperature, dry skin and dry mouth, skin flushing, constipation, decreased urination, agitation, disorientation, hallucinations, and dilated pupils.  Drowsiness may also be seen in infants.

Are Hyland’s Teething Tablets approved by the FDA?
FDA has not evaluated Hyland’s Teething Tablets for safety or efficacy, and is not aware of any proven clinical benefit offered by the product.

Many thanks to my friend Nicole, for sharing this with me. I used these all the time with my son when he was teething and was planning on using them with my baby-to-be.

I'll be on the lookout for safe teething alternatives. If you know of any, please share them with me.

1 comment:

  1. Jen, so glad you posted this! And, on another note, congrats on your baby-to-be...saw that mentioned at the bottom of your post. :-) ~Stacy