FDA Teething Warning from a Pediatric Dentist in Tucson

Posted on: September 2, 2017

Pediatric DentistKeep your children in good oral health by visiting a pediatric dentist in Tucson. One reason to bring them to our clinic is that we seek to educate in addition to providing treatments. With that in mind, we want to share information about an FDA warning on teething products. You can read the full warning here,  https://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch/safetyinformation/safetyalertsforhumanmedicalproducts/ucm523435.htm 

Understand the risk

There has been a distinct trend to get away from products that contain chemicals to other things that are more natural. This is where homeopathic remedies really shine and have become popular among parents. The problem is that the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, does not review homeopathic products for safety. There is no way for a parent to know for certain if a product they are giving their child is going to be safe or cause them harm.

In the case of homeopathic teething gels and tablets, children had severe side effects after using these products. The FDA issued a firm warning to stop using all homeopathic teething gels and tablets immediately in 2016. The warning was issued after receiving multiple reports of children experiencing seizures and difficulty breathing.

These two symptoms can be deadly so it is important for parents to heed the warning. Additional and more minor symptoms include lethargy, constipation, and overall irritation. Any parents who observe these symptoms after their child uses homeopathic solutions need to report them to the FDA.

Follow this advice instead

Rather than using these potentially dangerous homeopathic solutions, we recommend sticking with tried and true methods. When parents bring their children to a pediatric dentist in Tucson (such as our office), it is possible to examine a child to ensure that teeth are coming in properly. If they are, the best way to help a child experience relief is to provide the occasional pain reliever but generally to use cold.

Children will begin to feel better if they can bite down on something because this will provide relief. If that object is very cold, it will also serve to numb the gums. As the object numbs the gums, the child will experience immediate pain relief. This is entirely safe, healthy and will not harm a child. If a teething ring is not available, even a popsicle can work as long as the parent holds it.

Some parents also find their children like to bite or suck on cold wash rags.  While simple, these solutions work incredibly well. Anytime one can numb the gums, the child will feel relief and decrease the swelling. Biting down helps to alleviate the pressure so basic solutions are sometimes the best.

Visit our clinic

Any parent who is concerned about the health of their child or concerned that they are not teething like they can visit our clinic. As a pediatric dentist in Tucson, we will examine the child and make recommendations after seeing the condition of the teeth that have erupted and those that have not. Children teeth at different times so there really is no set pattern to follow. The goal is making sure a child is developing correctly based on their individual set of circumstances.

To have questions answered about your child, call our office today.

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