Homeopathic Teething Remedies Dangerous to Infants and Children

In our quest to provide the best for our families, we often choose homeopathic remedies believing them better than store bought name brand products. Homeopathic remedies come from a natural form of medicine based on the idea that “like cures like” by increasing similar symptoms in the hope of stimulating the body’s own healing response, such as giving people with allergies small doses of the things to which they are allergic. But homeopathic teething tablets and gels are not required to undergo the rigorous FDA approval process; therefore, there is no way to evaluate claims of safety and effectiveness, and consumers are left without independent verification.

After receiving numerous reports of adverse events and dangerous side effects in infants and children, the FDA recommends parents and consumers stop giving homeopathic teething tablets and gels to infants and children, and dispose of them immediately. 

Seek immediate medical attention if an infant or child exhibits the following symptoms after ingesting homeopathic teething tablets or gels:

  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Skin flushing
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Agitation

Consumers and healthcare providers are strongly encouraged to report any negative side effects when using homeopathic teething tablets and gels. FDA Adverse Event Reports can be found and submitted online at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report. Consumers can also call 1-800-332-1088 for more information.

If you or a loved one is injured by a homeopathic care product, do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to ask questions, and to learn your rights concerning any harmful product.