The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to parents concerning ingredients of homeopathic teething agents sold to parents for their baby’s discomfort as teeth erupt.
The FDA found varying amounts of belladona, a toxic substance, in some homeopathic teething tablets and gels. The warning issued recommends not using these products, and was based on reports of adverse events.
Belladona can cause seizures, muscle weakness and exhaustion. On its website, NBC News (1/27, Fox) reported that belladona “is an extract of the deadly nightshade plant,” has hallucinogenic properties, and “is highly toxic in large amounts.”
Please click this link from ADA’s mouthhealthy.org for more information on the proper way to treat children’s teething discomfort.
Try some of the suggestions found in the link above, and remember, your baby’s first dental checkup should be after the first tooth erupts or age one, whichever comes first.