The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the recall of Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets due to a possible toxic risk. Authorities found that the products contained inconsistent amounts of belladonna.
The Standard Homeopathic Company administered the test to verify that Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets had such substance. Health officials said the inconsistent amounts of belladonna posed a serious health hazard to the babies who used it, ABC 6 reported.
Even though there were inconsistent amounts of belladonna in Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets, Standard Homeopathic Company said that there is no known safe dose of the substance in children as there are many factors to consider. Hyland's stopped the production and shipment of their product since October but health officials said they may still be in stock in stores or in the cabinets of consumers.
J.P. Borneman, Ph.D., who is the chairman and CEO of Standard Homeopathic Company, said they initiated the recall even after the production stopped last year. Borneman stressed they are committed to maintain and earn the trust of consumers.
The FDA advised people who have Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets to remove the product from their shelves. They further said that consumers should call their physicians or health care providers to see if their kids who have used the tablets have had issues.
According to Hyland's website, these teething tablets are used to provide temporary relief of teething symptoms in small kids. The company says their teething tablets rocked the charts by being the number one infant oral pain reliever in the United States.
Meanwhile, babies start teething at the age of four to seven-months-old, sometimes later, Baby Center shares. Teeth can come out one at a time while sometimes it can erupt all at once. The symptoms to watch out for when a baby starts teething are irritability, drooling, swollen or sensitive gums, gnawing or chewing behavior, or refusing to eat.
To help babies feel more comfortable during teething, parents or guardians should give them something to chew on and rub a clean finger gently over the sore gums of the child. Cold foods will also help, as well as hard and unsweetened foods.