WASHINGTON (CBS) — The concern about teething tablets and the potential risk they pose to children is growing.
The FDA told BuzzFeed and other media outlets this week that it is looking into whether homeopathic teething tablets and gels are responsible for 10 deaths, in addition to hundreds of reports of seizures, fever and vomiting in children and infants.
“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,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.
In late September, the FDA urged consumers to immediately stop using teething tablets.
“Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies,” said the FDA’s Dr. Janet Woodcock in a statement. “We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”
CVS announced a teething tablet recall, which included brands like Orajel and Hyland’s.
Hyland’s has issued a statement saying it will stop making the product.
According to the FDA, there’s no proof that teething tablets actually work and they haven’t been approved by government regulators.