Recall for Hyland’s Teething Tablets
Recently, the FDA conducted an inspection of Hyland’s Teething Tablets following reports from parents that their children became ill after taking the teething tablets. The FDA found the level of belladonna in Hyland’s Teething tablets was inconsistent, posing a risk of serious injury to users of the product. Since then, the maker has recalled the product and is warning consumers to throw away the product.
Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain small quantities of belladonna, but the amount of belladonna must be controlled to ensure that the dosage does not pose a risk for injury. The cap of Hyland’s product is not child resistant either, posing an additional risk that children can open the bottle and take the tablet themselves. The FDA has warned some of the operations in the manufacturing facility are substandard as well.
Belladonna toxicity is serious and should not be ignored. The symptoms of Belladonna toxicity include:
- Breathing difficulties
- Irregular bowel movements or difficulty urinating
- Skin flushing
- Listlessness or fatigue
Belladonna, also known as deadly nightshade, is a toxic plant found in the Western hemisphere. During medieval times, it was used as a homeopathic aesthetic for surgery. In Roman times, belladonna was used as a poison. Belladonna contains several toxins, such as scopolamine and hyoscyamine which are known to cause listlessness and hallucinations. Belladonna was used in Hyland’s teething tablets to reduce redness, inflammation and discomfort of the gums that is associated with teething.
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