Toxicologist Corner: Teething Tablets

This morning, the FDA issued a statement regarding the potential dangers of homeopathic teething tablets.

Previous studies had suggested that because there is such a tiny bit of each ingredient in each tablet, even a large ingestion wouldn’t be poisonous or harmful.

We consulted Dr. Michael Lynch, the Pittsburgh Poison Center’s Medical Director and an emergency room physician and toxicologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to see what he thought.

Dr. Lynch reassured us he feels teething tablets remain relatively safe and exposures are unlikely to be dangerous; however, he also asked us to remind you not to take a chance! Call the Poison Center at 1800-222-1222 with any questions or concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you have questions about whether or not teething tablets might be useful in treating your child’s teething discomfort, contact your pediatrician.


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