Dr. Natasha Burgert, a Kansas City-based pediatrician, said that many parents of her patients have asked her about the latest recall.
“Belladonna is a natural plant that has been used for centuries,” she said.
Burgert added that while belladonna can be harmful, “my suspicion is that, when using it in teething tablets at homeopathic doses, the likelihood of a significant reaction is likely low,” she said. “However, I think it is appropriate for the FDA to be concerned that these homeopathic tablets and regimens are not regulated.”
“We are committed to maintaining and earning the trust consumers have placed in Standard Homeopathic Company. We have worked for 114 years to build relationships with our consumers. We intend to preserve that tradition of trust,” he said.
At the time, adverse events were reported, but the FDA said that it could not confirm a conclusive link between the events and the teething products.
Teething usually begins when a baby is between six and eight months old.
“Teething is not a medical problem. Teething is natural, it’s important, and the vast majority of kids really do great,” said Burgert, who is also a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“So, teething isn’t something that parents should be worried about or something that needs tremendous action plans, however, if they do notice their kids are fussy and biting on things we can address them in many ways,” she said.
- Try gently rubbing or massaging the gums with one of your fingers.
- Teething rings can be helpful, but they should be made of firm rubber.
- Pain relievers that you rub on the gums are not recommended since they wash out of the baby’s mouth within minutes.
- If your child seems unusually irritable or has a fever, consult your pediatrician.
- Avoid teething tablets that contain belladonna and gels with benzocaine.