Ad Blocker Detected

We've noticed you're currently running ad blocking software. The contents of this site are available for free thanks to the contributions of our sponsors. If you cannot see the entire article, we would appreciate if you would deactivate your ad blocker and refresh the page before continuing to browse.

Thank you.

KEEP SCROLLING FOR MORE GREAT CONTENT

This Doctor-Recommended Baby Product Might Be Downright Dangerous

OCTOBER 11, 2016  —  By Sarah Jewel  
Sarah Jewel

Sarah Jewel

Animal and pizza lover with an Internet addiction. Nerd to the max. Currently residing in the land of beautiful winters.

There's nothing as frustrating as not being able to help soothe a crying child.

Millions of parents are put in this position every year when their babies start teething. As any of us who have had any dental work know, tooth problems can be incredibly painful, even when they're not all pushing up through our gums for the first time.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned recently, however, that homeopathic remedies like teething gels and tablets are dangerous to the children they are supposed to help.

iStock

The FDA writes, "Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels."

iStock

Read More: Here's Why Forcing Strict Diets On Your Kids Could Be Killing Them

These kinds of gels and tablets are produced by CVS and the company Hyland's, and they are NOT tested by the FDA.

Because of the risk of seizure and other side effects, FDA officials recommend traditional teething remedies like nontoxic teething rings.

iStock

Hyland's has responded by saying their products "remain safe" but that concerned parents should always discuss symptoms with their child's doctor.

Read More: If You See Kids Sitting Like This, Stop Them -- It's More Dangerous Than It Seems

Parents choosing to comply with the FDA advisory should discard all teething gels and tablets.

It's so hard to know what's best for babies, especially when they seem like they're in so much pain. But hopefully this advisory will save children from these terrible symptoms and keep kids healthy and happy.

Giphy

Load another article