Use of Hyland’s Teething Tablet: Both Injurious and Fatal
Belladonna is one form of homeopathic medicine that is sold over-the-counter. It is derived from the Belladonna plant, a poisonous plant, that is also known as deadly nightshade or devil’s cherry, but with medicinal properties.
Besides its use as a sedative, Belladonna is also used in treating illnesses which manifest the same symptoms triggered by belladonna poisoning; these symptoms include seizures, vomiting, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision, and confusion.
The Belladonna homeopathic supplement, like any other herbal supplements, is never tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety or effectiveness. Thus, despite claims that Belladonna is effective, both the FDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) do not substantiate this claim, but rather says that large doses of medications that contain this homeopathic medicine can even result to poisoning.
This homeopathic medicine is used as an active ingredient in a number of medications, including Hyland’s Teething tablet, which is intended to provide babies with temporary relief from teething discomfort and from the symptoms of restlessness and wakeful irritability due to cutting teeth.
On October 13, 2016, the FDA said that it is looking into the truthfulness of reports concerning 10 infant deaths and more than 400 reports of seizures, fever, and vomiting which may have been the result of the use of Hyland’s Teething tablet. Just a month ago, the agency issued a warning, wherein it tells parents not to use homeopathic teething gels and tablets and to dispose of any teething treatments that they may still have in their possession. This warning contains almost the same message that it made 2010, where it said “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children. The FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. The manufacturer is issuing a recall of this product.
Hyland’s Teething Tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis, however, has found that Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna. In addition, the FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps.”
Teething tablet lawyers know that there is nothing more painful than for a mother to see her baby suffer due to the use of a product which she thought would offer her baby comfort and relief from pain. Pursuing a legal action against the manufacturer of this harmful product, which can even cause fatal injuries, should be the wisest thing to do if only to make sure that no other baby would be severely harmed by injurious products.