The FDA announced a recall on Hyland's Teething Tablets today
due to possible belladonna poison. The homeopathic tablets are used
to soothe babies experiencing the symptoms of teething. The product
is supposed to contain smalls amounts of belladonna, however, the
FDA has found that the amounts actually vary. If consumed in large
doses, belladonna can be toxic.
Incidents have been reported to the FDA that are consistent with
belladonna poisoning. And the FDA notes that there are cases where
children have taken more than the recommended dosage because the
containers do not have child resistant caps. However, officials
from Hyland's say that they are confident that the teething tablets
are still safe for babies and toddlers and that the recall is
Symptoms of belladonna poisoning include seizures, difficulty
breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin
flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating or agitation. The FDA
recommends calling a doctor if your baby experiences any of these
symptoms after using Hyland's Teething Tablets and to immediately
stop using the tablets.
Pediatrician Joel Schwab at the University of Chicago Medical
Center says he does not recommend the use of topical oinment for
teething, especially ones that contain belladonna. "If the kids are
uncomfortable, I recommend biting down on a cold teething ring, or
maybe an ice they can bite down on," he says. "Topical ointments
only work temporarily, and occasionally some people may give too
Hyland's is offering a refund or a free replacement product.
Contact them at 1-877-496-5044, or visit the website at
The Hyland's Teething Tablets UPC codes included in the recall
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