The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to stop using and discard Hyland’s Teething Tablets and the manufacturer has recalled them. Upon investigation, these untested, over-the-counter homeopathic tablets have been found to contain varying amounts of belladonna, which can be toxic to children in large doses. Symptoms of this toxicity include a depressed level of consciousness, seizures, slowed breathing, lethargy, sleepiness and or agitation. If these are seen a pediatrician should be consulted immediately.
PositiveTip: Mild symptoms can be expected, including fussiness, 3 to 5 days prior to erruption of new teeth. A cold teething ring or clean finger to gently rub the baby’s gums for 2 minutes is often soothing.