FDA finds elevated levels of toxic substance in teething products

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned parents and caregivers that its laboratory tests revealed inconsistent amounts of a toxic substance in certain homeopathic teething products.

The toxic substance found by the federal agency in certain homeopathic teething products is belladonna, which could pose an unnecessary risk to infants and babies. The agency urged parents and caregivers discontinue the use of these products.

Dr. Janet Woodcock, the director of the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said, “We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homeopathic teething tablets to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”

Dr. Woodcock explained that the body’s response to belladonna in kids under two years of age is unpredictable. Thus, any infants who are being given these tablets might be at risk.

Last year, the federal health agency had issued a warning against the use of these tablets containing the toxic substance after receiving multiple reports about adverse events, including seizures and infant deaths.

Homeopathic teething-tablets containing belladonna have been given to babies across the U.S. for decades to provide them with temporary relief from pain during grow of their first teeth.