The Hyland's and CVS homeopathic teething lawsuit states the manufacturers of the gels and tablets failed to warn parents of the increased risks of their children experiencing seizures, difficulty breathing, and excessive sleepiness as a result of using the products.
What Do We Know About the Homeopathic Teething Lawsuits
Claims are being filed against CVS and Hyland’s, the manufacturers of the homeopathic teething gels and tablets, because the products have been found to possibly cause significant injuries in infants and children who use the products.
Lawyers state the manufacturers were negligent in the design of the products, and failed to properly test them for harmful side effects. Additionally, attorneys argue the manufacturers failed to warn parents of the potential risks, and failed to tell parents that the federal government had never approved the use of the teething gels and tablets for medical use, especially in young children.
In September 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning asking parents to immediately stop using the products because severe injuries could occur, including seizures and loss of breath.
FDA testing of the gels and tablets found the products contained various amounts of belladonna, which is an extremely toxic plant.
What is the Purpose of Homeopathic Teething Gels & Tablets
Homeopathic Teething tablets and gels are used by infants and young children during teething to help reduce pain. The active ingredients include Calcarea Phosphorica, Chamomilla, Coffea Cruda, and Belladonna.
They are meant as a substitute to the child using pain relievers such as Tylenol and Motrin.
What is the Concern with the Hyland's & CVS Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels
The FDA has issued a warning stating that the homeopathic teething products produced by Hyland's & CVS can possibly cause seizures, breathing issues, fatigue, muscle weakness, and urinary problems. The FDA is even investigating a potential link to numerous infant deaths.
Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, recommends that parents not use the homeopathic teething tablets and gels, but instead ask their pediatricians for a safer alternative, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen specifically measured for younger children.
If a child is experiencing symptoms such as a fever or diarrhea, this is being caused by something other than teething. The parent should seek medical advice.
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Hyland's and CVS Homeopathic Teething Recalls
As of January 2019, there had not been a recall of the Hyland's or CVS Homeopathic Teething gels and tablets related to infant and children injuries. However, the FDA has issued a recommendation that parents immediately stop using the products, and has even asked Hyland's to recall the product.
The FDA has specifically stated that it has not approved the products, and is unaware of any proven health benefits from using them.
CVS has voluntarily removed the products from their stores, and Hyland’s has stopped distributing the products based on the FDA warning.
FDA and Scientific Studies Regarding the Homeopathic Teething Products
Homeopathic Teething Tablets and Gels - Risk to Infants and Children
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