Posts for: October, 2017
A Cohasset Pediatric Dentist Shares FDA Warning for Teething Products
As a Cohasset pediatric dentist, we want to share an FDA warning with parents who have children of teething age. The FDA put out an alert, warning parents about the dangers of using homeopathic teething solutions. You can read their full warning here, https://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch/safetyinformation/safetyalertsforhumanmedicalproducts/ucm523435.htm
Seek professional treatment before
In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, issued a warning about homeopathic teething gels and tablets. This was not a warning to stop using them, but to be cautious. However, after additional reports that children have suffered terrible health consequences, the FDA put out a warning in 2016 to cease using them completely.
Parents and physicians were reporting that children have suffered seizures and had difficulty breathing after having used these homeopathic solutions. While this is alarming for children of any age, it is more concerning for children under the age of two that are the target age range for the teething gels.
Pay attention to the symptoms
Some of the symptoms the FDA in tandem with the use of these teething tablets are difficulty breathing, seizures, excessive sleepiness, constipation, lethargy and overall agitation.
Any parents whose children experience an adverse reaction to homeopathic teething gels or tablets can report it to the FDA at:
- Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report
- Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
A better solution
Being a Cohasset pediatric dentist, we know that sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution. This is especially true when it comes to young children. The old tried-and-true methods of helping children to teeth more comfortably are just as effective today as they were 50 years ago. We recommend that parents buy plastic teething rings that can be put in the freezer.
When they become frozen and cold, a child can bite down on them and experience relief from the pressure of biting down along with having their gums numbed by the coldness of the teething ring. This works very well and they come in various styles to find one that works the best for each individual child.
Another option is to take a clean wash rag and get it wet with cold water. Many children find relief by holding and sucking on the cloth. A cloth could be easier to hold since it is not frozen. They also sell devices at many baby stores with a handle and mesh coming out of it.
The mesh can contain frozen fruit or ice. A baby can hold the handle and chew on the frozen object without the bulk of it entering their mouth. This makes it safe for children who cannot yet eat solid foods to chew on something that is tasty and also provides relief. We also recommend pain relievers as necessary but, they should be used sparingly and as directed.
Visit a Cohasset pediatric dentist
If a child is particularly agitated with teething it may be necessary to bring them to the dentist. We can examine them and make sure that all the teeth are coming in as they should.