A brand of homeopathic teething tablets are being recalled after an investigation that claims the tablets are at fault for 10 infant deaths.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents against Hyland's Teething Tablets, which are used to soothe teething babies. The FDA is investigating the relationship of these homeopathic tablets with the death of ten infants, although nothing has been solidified as of yet.
The 10 deaths have taken place over the last 6 years, but the FDA is taking this situation very seriously. They are advising that parents should stop using the tablets and to take children to the doctor immediately if they experience any problems. Aside from deaths, the tablets have also caused fever, lethargy, vomiting, sleepiness, tremors, shortness of breath, irritability, and agitation.
Hyland's emailed a statement to CNN, saying:
"Hyland's has not been made aware of any data that supports the claims in the warning against our teething tablets and gels. Our understanding is that the Food and Drug Administration's investigation of these products is still ongoing. The fact is that we have not been made aware of any medical or statistical evidence to support a causal link between homeopathic teething tablets and adverse outcomes at this point. We continue to request any available information and statistics from the FDA. This decision was made in light of the recent warning issued by the Food & Drug Administration against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels. This warning has created confusion among parents and limited access to the medicines. Putting you in a position of having to choose who to trust in the face of contradictory information is burdensome and undermines the FDA. "We are confident that any available Hyland's teething products, including those you already have, are safe for use. Of course, parents who may have concerns should consult with their physicians before using any medicines, read labels carefully and follow all instructions."
The product was also recalled in 2010, but Hyland's says it has since modified the formula to fix any potential errors.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against teething tablets or gels, and instead using a clean finger to massage the baby's gums. Other alternatives are teething rings, chilled, wet washcloths, or frozen bananas.