FDA: Elevated Levels of Belladonna Found in Teething Products
The toxic substance was found in certain teething tablets.
The FDA announced it has found inconsistent amounts of belladonna in some homeopathic teething tablets. The toxic substance was sometimes found in an amount that was much higher than what was claimed on the label. The agency is warning consumers the products could cause an unnecessary risk to infants and children.
The agency has contacted Standard Homeopathic Company in Los Angeles, which manufactures the teething products, to discuss a recall. According to the FDA, the company has not agreed to a recall.
"The body's response to belladonna in children under two years of age is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "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."
Teething products containing belladonna have not been approved by FDA.