The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it has opened an investigation into 10 infant deaths that may be related to the use of homeopathic teething gels and tablets. In addition to the deaths it is investigating, the FDA says it has received numerous reports of seizures, difficulty breathing, excessive sleepiness, and agitation in children after they were given homeopathic teething products.
Last month, the FDA warned parents to stop using any gels and tablets that are used to lessen the discomfort of teething babies. Some manufacturers include CVS and Hyland’s Homeopathic, as well as other companies. The products are not being recalled, because the FDA does not have the power to recall homeopathic teething products.
CVS has removed the products from its shelves, and Hyland’s has stopped distributing its products, although it says the products are safe. However, despite the warnings, some parents are stocking up on the tablets where they can, because they are afraid their children will not be able to sleep with the teething pain, and they have worked for their children in the past.
As of now, it’s unclear what caused the 10 infant deaths. The deaths may have been caused by the teething products, or there may be another cause. However, in many cases companies whose products have been found to be unsafe will deny the problems and continue to defend their products, even when evidence proves otherwise.
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