The American Dental Association reports that the US Food and Drug Administration states it has found varying amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in some homeopathic teething tablets, urging consumers not to use the products. The most recent warning comes after an FDA news release which also cautioned consumers about homeopathic teething tablets and gels due to reports of adverse events.
Reuters reported belladonna can cause seizures, muscle weakness, and exhaustion. NBC News reported that belladona “is an extract of the deadly nightshade plant,” has hallucinogenic properties, and “is highly toxic in large amounts.” According to FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Janet Woodcock, “The body’s response to belladonna in children under 2 years of age is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk. We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homeopathic teething tablets to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.” Please avoid these products and keep our children safe.