Monday, June 22, 2015
Teething Tuesday - Hyland's Teething Tablets
I think by now most have heard of Hyland’s Teething Tablets due to a constant sharing on Facebook about a recall on the item.
STOP!! STOP!! STOOOOOP sharing this! Please!
There was a voluntary recall by Hyland’s on the product in 2010 due to reported reactions as severe as seizures. The recall is FIVE years old and Hyland’s reformulated the tablets and reintroduced the product in 2011. After scouring Google I could not find any recent information about reactions from the tablets. I am not a doctor or a medical professional of any kind, but from the standpoint of a consumer I would say Hyland’s is a safe product. I personally do not buy homeopathic products in general, but for the people who prefer it, there is no evidence this product is harmful.
Going back to the 2010 recall, from what I read the source of the issue was the Belladonna in the tablets. Belladonna is also known as Deadly Nightshade as it very deadly is large amounts. As to what is considered a large amount of Belladonna varies species to species. I found this helpful description of the plant on Botanical.com, also includes history and various doses.
The FDA weighed in on the voluntary recall. Their page has not been updated since 2013 and still states that there may be toxicity due to the history of Belladonna (I’m paraphrasing a bit); it is still considered a poison. Hyland’s maintains their product is safe and explains their formula in a nut shell that there is a minute amount of Belladonna and not enough to be toxic.
It’s up to you as the parent what is best for your family and which products you are comfortable giving your baby or big kid.
Have a happy and blessed Tuesday!