Monday, October 25, 2010

OTC Teething Tablets have Nightshade?

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A few days ago, the FDA issued a recall/safety alert on Hyland's Teething Tablets. The tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis has found that Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna.

FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps.

FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. FDA advises consumers to consult their health care professional if their child experiences symptoms such as seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using Hyland’s Teething Tablets.

What is Belladonna? Nightshade. From wikipedia "The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids. These toxins include scopolamine and hyoscyamine which cause a bizarre delirium and hallucinations,[1] and are also used as pharmaceutical anticholinergics. The drug atropine is derived from the plant."

Some parents say who use (have used) the homeopathic teething tables swear by it's results - the babies sleep through the night and are not as fussy. Check out their facebook fan page. There is a lot of debate between parents on forums and boards about these tablets.

Having four children, and now a grandson, I know teething is hard on both, the baby and the parents. Best advice is to be an informed parent.

1. Contact your pediatrician and ask what is the best way to ease infant teething pain.
2. Do your research. Research the ingredients and the side effects of everything product you use to alleviate teething pain. If you don't know a term - look it up
3. Ask a pharmacist. They can provide education about a wide range of products and will know if it is contraindicated with other medications your baby is taking.
4. Get informed. Search for the pros and cons on the pain relief technique or product for a balanced and informed approach.
5. Popsicles

What are your thoughts?

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