As part of an ongoing investigation into homeopathic teething
gels, marketed as “natural relief” for teething children and
infants, the FDA has examined more than 400 reports of
seizures, fever and vomiting, as well as 10 deaths, FDA
spokesperson Lyndsay Meyer told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday.
The regulator does not know whether these deaths and illnesses
— which happened over a six-year period — were caused by the
products in question, but it is investigating the possibility.
“At this time, the FDA is still conducting our investigation,
and we have not yet completed the analyses of products to
determine if there is an association between the adverse events
and the homeopathic teething products,” she said.
After the FDA’s warning, CVS voluntarily removed all
homeopathic teething products from their stores.
said on Tuesday that it will discontinue distribution of
its teething medicines in the US after the FDA’s warning
“created confusion among parents and limited access to the
“We are confident that any available Hyland’s teething
products, including those you already have, are safe for use,”
the company added. “Of course, parents who may have concerns
should consult with their physicians before using any
medicines, read labels carefully and follow all instructions.”
A preliminary review of the homeopathic teething tablets
currently under warning “shows that these adverse events are
similar to those observed in 2010,” said Meyer.
FDA and the American
Academy of Pediatrics suggest gently rubbing or massaging a
teething child’s gums to relieve pain or use a cool compress or