WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents and caregivers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels might put infants and children at risk.
The FDA released a statement in late September, recommending that anyone using these products stops use immediately and disposes any in their possession.
Homeopathic teething tablets are used to help alleviate the pain children feel while teething. However, CNN reported Friday that the deaths of 10 children and 400 other adverse events associated with the tablets have been reported to the FDA.
“We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives,” Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.
The FDA has been testing the safety of the teething tablets since a 2010 safety alert. They are currently investigation the issue and will continue to communicate with the public as more information becomes available.
The FDA asks that consumers and professionals report any adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of the teething tablets at their MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program.
Fox News reported earlier this week that even though there was not an official recall issued, CVS has announced a voluntary withdrawal of all homeopathic teething products after the FDA’s initial safety warning. CNN also reports that Walgreens have also agreed to pull all homeopathic teething products from store shelves.
Homeopathic teething gels are are still sold in stores and online, and were previously distributed by companies such as CVS, Wallgreens and Hyland.