Citing the lack of safety and efficacy studies, and reports of adverse events (including seizures), the Food and Drug Administration last month issued a safety alert warning about the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels:


The FDA has issued a safety alert that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may present a health risk for infants and children.

The alert also recommended that consumers stop using these products or dispose of any currently in their possession.

“Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies,” Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a press release. “We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their healthcare professional for safe alternatives.”


We’ve been here before on The PediaBlog, back in 2014:

Last month the FDA renewed the warning about liquid and gel benzocaine, and added viscous lidocaine to the list of medications to be avoided for the treatment of teething pain in infants and young children. Viscous lidocaine is available by prescription and is used in older children and adults to topically treat oral ulcers, sore throats, and pain following dental and oral surgery…

Teething gets blamed for a lot of what parents perceive to be infant discomfort and fussiness. Symptoms of illness such as fever, excessive crying, decrease in appetite, disruption of sleep, rashes, and diarrhea are commonly blamed on teething. Interestingly, there is very little evidence that teething causes any of these symptoms. Indeed, teething is overrated as a source of misery in babies.

The AAP recommends the use of cold teething rings or gentle massage of the infant’s gums with a clean finger for “teething pain.” No topical liquids or gels and no oral pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol).



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