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