Friday, April 14, 2017

Hyland's homeopathic teething tablets recalled nationwide

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN
Updated 6:11 PM ET, Fri April 14, 2017

Any remaining Hyland's homeopathic teething products are now being removed from store shelves under a major recall.
Two types of the teething products, which previously were linked to the deaths of 10 children, have been recalled, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday.
Standard Homeopathic Company, the Los Angeles-based maker of Hyland's homeopathic teething products, recalled all of its teething tablets and nighttime teething tablets, the announcement said. The FDA concluded that the products have mislabeled the amounts of belladonna alkaloids they contain.


In January, the FDA urged parents not to use Hyland's homeopathic teething products after finding that the products contain varying amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, commonly known as deadly nightshare, that can be harmful to children.
Ten deaths and other adverse events, such as seizures and vomiting, previously were reported to the FDA and the agency investigated those reports last year.
As part of the recall, parents are encouraged to throw away any teething products they may still have.


"Teething is not a medical problem. Teething is natural, it's important, and the vast majority of kids really do great," said Burgert, who is also a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
"So, teething isn't something that parents should be worried about or something that need tremendous action plans, however, if they do notice their kids are fussy and biting on things we can address them in many ways," she said.
To ease your baby's teething discomfort, the American Academy of Pediatrics has some suggestions:

Try gently rubbing or massaging the gums with one of your fingers.
Teething rings can be helpful, but they should be made of firm rubber.
Pain relievers that you rub on the gums are not recommended since they wash out of the baby's mouth within minutes.
If your child seems unusually irritable or has a fever, consult your pediatrician.
Avoid teething tablets that contain belladonna and gels with benzocaine.

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