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FDA Issues Strong Warning To Parents: Don’t Give Homeopathic Teething Products To Babies

Yikes! This product, marketed for babies, contains a toxin called "deadly nightshade."

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a warning for parents who administer homeopathic remedies to teething babies: “All natural” doesn’t always mean all right for your child.

In other words, parents should not give homeopathic teething products to their children. These remedies could, in fact, be dangerous.

Homeopathic Doesn’t Mean FDA Approved

Homeopathic products may have “all natural” ingredients, but that doesn’t mean the FDA approves them.

These products are regulated by the FDA, but they do not evaluate them for safety or effectiveness.

This means the FDA evaluates the products to make sure they comply with government policies, however, the products don’t undergo scientific testing to make sure they are safe or actually work.

The FDA does take action when consumers complain, though.

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The FDA First Warned Consumers About Homeopathic Teething Products Last Fall

Back in September 2016, the FDA released a warning against using homeopathic teething products on infants.

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In their press statement, the FDA listed a variety of potential side effects from using these products, including:

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

The FDA began to look at these remedies in 2010 after parents reported symptoms in their children. In September 2016, the agency said it would continue to investigate.

Now, the results are in, and it doesn’t look good.