Hylands Teething Tablets recalled because of belladonna toxicity

Close-up of a teething baby's mouth.

Teething hurts. So does belladonna poisoning. (Photo: CC BY-SA/Daniel Schwen/Wikipedia)

As Reported By PersonalMoneyStore.com

Parents know that teething is a painful time for both their kids and themselves. Tablets that help soothe the gums can sometimes be the only thing that permits a good night’s sleep, making them a mainstay for well-prepared moms and dads. This is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent announcement that Hyland’s Teething Tablets have been voluntarily recalled because of potential toxicity is particularly disturbing. The popular organic, homeopathic teething relief contains a small amount of medicinal belladonna, an alkaloidal extract taken from the poisonous belladonna plant that can be lethal in large doses.

Hyland’s Teething Tablets should be discarded immediately, company says

According to Hyland, any teething tablets should be thrown away immediately. For safe replacements, parents are advised to contact the company at hylandsteething.com/recall or 877-496-5044. The customer service call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Belladonna must be ‘carefully controlled’

The FDA reports that while belladonna does have a history of being used as an anesthetic, its use must be carefully controlled. This is particularly true when young children are involved. Laboratory analysis has found “inconsistent amounts of belladonna,” yet parents are advised to err on the side of caution. This is in part because the FDA has gotten reports of children suffering adverse effects consistent with belladonna toxicity (dilated pupils, blurred vision, light sensitivity, confusion, rash, constipation, etc.). Considering that Hyland’s Teething Tablets packages are not manufactured with child resistant caps, the danger is obvious.

Hylands Teething Tablets included in the recall

  • Hyland’s Teething Tablets, 125 tablets, UPC #3 54973 75041
  • Hyland’s Teething Tablets, 250 tablets, UPC #3 54973 75042
  • Hyland’s Teething Tablets, 125 tablets, UPC #3 54973 75066
  • Hyland’s Teething Tablets, 50 tablets, UPC #3 54973 75044
  • Hyland’s Teething Tablets, 145 tablets, UPC #3 54973 75121
  • Hyland’s Teething Tablets, Clip Strip 6×125 tablets, UPC #3 54973 35109



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