teething

A story involving a toxic teething product is being reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But, this time it's not a part of the ongoing investigation by FDA into homeopathic teething tablets that contain high levels of belladonna.

No - this time, it's bracelets filled with lead.

Because lead can be extremely toxic - especially to babies - some areas of the country do routine blood tests in young children. Last fall, one of...

In late January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised parents to stop using and immediately discard certain homeopathic teething products for infants because they contain belladonna, a toxic chemical in amounts that cannot be verified as safe. Now due to FDA findings of inconsistent and sometimes excessive levels of the poison in such products, a newly published alert indicates Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets are being voluntarily recalled by their manufacturer Standard Homeopathic Company. 

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Homeopathic products can be found in the aisles of almost every pharmacy. However, this past year, one group of these products - homeopathic teething remedies for babies - found itself more and more in the news and less and less on the shelves.

It started in September, when the FDA warned to stay away from homeopathic teething remedies. With that announcement, CVS pulled a subset of this type of product made by Baby Oragel, Hyland's and CVS, off of their shelves with other stores following suit. Soon after, Hyland's stated in an open letter on their website that they...

It seems like every time I open up my computer, another children's homeopathic product is getting recalled. This time, the products are from the company Raritan. The recall notice states that

  • "The U.S. FDA has tested some products and recovered varying levels of belladonna extract content from what is declared on the label." 

Varying levels.... but no information as to how much or little was in the product. Enough to kill an infant... who knows? 

The products affected are 

  • CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablet 135 tablets
  • CVS Homeopathic Kids' Ear Relief Liquid 0.85 fl. oz.
  • Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid 0.85 fl. oz. 
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396692_6494In 2012 the FDA warned parents against using products containing the local anesthetic benzocaine to relieve their infants teething pain. Today the agency extended that advisory to viscous lidocaine another local anesthetic.

According to theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, babies who are teething may be irritable, have a low...