FDA Warns Against Homeopathic Teething Products

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The FDA is warning parents to not give infants homeopathic teething tablets or gels.

SLU Care’s Dr. Ken Haller with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital says despite being able to alleviate pain, homeopathic teething products have dangerous side effects.

The FDA reports 10 infants have died from using these products while 400 infants have had adverse effects including difficulty breathing, constipation and seizures.

Haller says because babies’ bodies are so small, there’s a high likelihood of accidentally overdosing. Also, homeopathic teething products contain an active plant-based ingredient Bella Donna that causes bad effects in the baby’s body.

“It makes the pupils dilate, it makes the membrane in the mouth dry, it can cause the heart to beat faster,” he says.

Haller says getting past teething pain is a matter of time.

“While teething can be a trial for both you and your baby, there are some things you can do to get them through it. For the most part, most kids are pretty much over the bad parts of teething in about four or five months,” he says.

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