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Teething tablets linked to at least 10 children's deaths

Over 10 deaths and 400 adverse reactions have been linked with homeopathic teething tablets and reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a recent article by CNN

The FDA warned caregivers of the dangers associated with the tablets and urged them not to use them. While the FDA suspects the teething tablets and advises parents who have used them to take their toddler to a doctor, the link has not been clearly proven. According to a statement, "the relationship of these deaths to the homeopathic teething products has not yet been determined and is currently under review."

 

Over the past six years, the tablets have been linked to a number of adverse effects, including fever, lethargy, vomiting, sleepiness, shortness of breath, tremors, irritability and agitation. 

Hyland's, a maker of the teething tablets and gels, said it will stop distributing the products in the U.S. However, there is no formal recall in place. In an emailed statement, Hyland's said "Hyland's has not been made aware of any data that supports the claims in the warning against our teething tablets and gels. Our understanding is that the Food and Drug Administration's investigation of these products is still ongoing. The fact is that we have not been made aware of any medical or statistical evidence to support a causal link between homeopathic teething tablets and adverse outcomes at this point. We continue to request any available information and statistics from the FDA."

This is the second time the FDA has issued an alert about teething products, with the first being a recall on the tablets in 2010. 

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