Hyland’s Teething Tablets have been recalled: link to 10 deaths and many more cases of adverse reaction events, including seizures.
Parents across the country have relied on teething remedies to soothe the symptoms of teething in their children for years. Many products have been marketed to help babies deal with the pain of cutting teeth, ranging from chew toys to homeopathic teething medications such as teething tablets. In October 2016, popular teething treatment Hylands’ Teething Tablets were discontinued because of an obvious link to belladonna toxicity. Tragically, homeopathic teething tablets have been implicated in the deaths of at least 10 babies, and seriously sickened more 400 others, in the past six years. Hundreds of children have also suffered serious adverse side effects that may be attributed to belladonna, an ingredient in Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets and other similar products. Contact The Carlson Law Firm to Discuss your case with a Hyland’s Lawsuit Attorney.
The Carlson Law Firm has more than 40 years of experience in assisting personal injury clients. Our dangerous drugs attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for families just like yours who have suffered as a result of a corporation’s negligence. Parents should be guaranteed a safe product when that product is specifically marketed to children or babies. If your child has suffered serious injury or death as a result of belladonna toxicity, take the first step to justice and contact a Hyland’s lawsuit attorney from our firm. We are available 24/7. Contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule a free case evaluation.
What is Belladonna?
Belladonna, more popularly known as nightshade, is a plant with known toxic effects. The plant is found in parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. The leaves and roots of the poisonous belladonna plant are ingredients in an array of medicines. These medicines include sedatives, treating bronchial spasms and cold remedies. Until 2017, Belladonna was the main ingredient in Hyland’s dissolvable homeopathic teething tablets.
Homeopathic teething tablets have been around since the early 1900s. Use of toxic substances to treat illnesses or ailments is a form of natural, or holistic, medicinal approach to healing called homeopathy. Homeopathy is a 200-year-old system of alternative medicine based on the belief that body can cure itself. Those who use it, believe that tiny amount of natural, toxic substances from plants and minerals that would normally cause symptoms of disease in healthy people, can cure symptoms in sick people.
How does Belladonna Lead to Teething Tablet Overdose and Toxicity?
Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets were supposed to contain vanishingly small amounts of belladonna. However, after a FDA laboratory study revealed that each tablet contained a varying amount of belladonna. However, as we’ve established, belladonna is a poisonous substance. As such, because of the inconsistent amounts in each dose, many parents unknowingly gave their children an overdose of belladonna while believing they were administering the proper dose.
The tiny amounts of poison may pose little risks to adults, however, that is not the case in children. Even low levels of belladonna in children can lead to muscle weakness, seizures and difficulty breathing. Belladonna contains several toxic ingredients including atropine. By using words like “natural”, Hyland was able to lull parents into a sense of comfort believing that they were giving their children anything harmful.
Atropine works by blocking a very common neurotransmitter in the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the part of the brain that controls unconscious functions such as breathing, urinating, digesting and heartbeat. Naturally, when atropine is introduced into the body at high levels, the brain loses control of these functions and it becomes deadly. In homeopathy, atropine treats redness and inflammation.
Symptoms of Belladonna Toxicity Poisoning
In September 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning asking parents to immediately stop using the products because severe injuries could occur, including seizures and loss of breath. If you gave your child teething tablets, you may be wondering what to look out for in light of these frightening revelations. The FDA’s list of teething tablet toxicity symptoms includes:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Difficulty Urinating
- Muscle Weakness
- Flushed Skin
If you have noticed these symptoms in your child after using teething tablets, you may be able to hold the product’s manufacturer accountable for not only lying about the tablets’ safety but also for harming your child. Filing a Hyland’s lawsuit can help you recover lost wages and medical expenses that were the result of belladonna toxicity poisoning.
What does the FDA say about Belladonna Toxicity?
After a September 2016 inspection of the Standard Homeopathic Company, the FDA determined that the inconsistent amounts of belladonna alkaloids found in the company’s products were a serious health hazard. The company initially declined to recall its homeopathic teething products. In fact, in a January 2017 phone call with FDA, company CEO Jay Borneman stated that he would not initiate a recall and believed “that the public is amply protected.” In April 2017, the FDA sent a letter requesting that Standard Homeopathic Company, recall all of its Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets.
In April 2017, the FDA issued a Class I recall for all of Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets for babies. This is not the first time the FDA has issued a warning regarding homeopathic teething products. In 2010, Hyland’s agreed to voluntarily issue a teething tablet recall. This recall came after experts tied a number of its medications to adverse events, including seizures in infants and children. After consultation with the FDA the manufacturer of the product, Standard Homeopathic Company issued the second 2017 recall of Hyland’s Teething Tablets from the market.
What is the History of Hyland’s Homeopathic Teething Tablets?
Hyland’s homeopathic products have been around since 1903. Hyland’s teething tablets weren’t introduced to the U.S. market until 1945. For more than seven decades, millions of parents gave the drug to their children to alleviate teething pain.
The FDA warned parents in 2010, to toss their supply of Hyland’s teething tablets. This alert centered the FDA’s investigation that found inconsistent amounts of belladonna in the company’s product. At the time, the FDA received numerous reports about serious adverse effects in children taking the product. The symptoms the children experienced were consistent with belladonna toxicity. Eventually, the FDA advised parents to stop using the products immediately.
Standard Homeopathic Company issued a voluntary recall in 2010 because of inconsistent levels of belladonna as well as packaging problems. The company remained (and continues to remain) adamant that its product was safe for use. However, as part of the FDA’s investigation, the company revamped its production, packaging and testing protocols. The company claims it worked closely with the FDA throughout the process.
In a press release on the company website, President and Chief Pharmacist Mark Phillips said, “[w]e initiated this voluntary recall to ensure our consumers know that their families’ safety and health are our top priorities. We are committed to maintaining and deserving the trust they have placed in Hyland’s. we have worked for 107 years to build relationships with our consumers. We intend to preserve that tradition of trust.”
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine developed in 1796 by German scientist Samuel Hahnemann. The system is based on his doctrine of “like cures like”. This doctrine means that administering a toxic substance that mimics the symptoms of a disease will cure the symptoms of disease in sick people. Homeopathy is pseudoscience—a belief incorrectly presented as fact.
The U.S. market has flooded with homeopathic treatments with the FDA’s approval. However, the agency is not alone in its crackdown over homeopathic drugs. Over the last several years, homeopathy has become mainstream with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow promoting homeopathic products. As a result of a growing number of people turning to homeopathy to treat several types of illnesses, health agencies around the globe have begun issuing warnings against homeopathy.
A 1988 decision by the FDA allowed the production and distribution of homeopathic drugs. This decision allowed homeopathic drugs to be marketed and sold both through licensed physicians and over the counter.
WHAT IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS in a Hyland’s Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for belladonna toxicity is complex. Because of this, it is always best to contact a belladonna toxicity injury lawyer to discuss your case.
In most instances, the statute of limitations for benzocaine-related injuries is two years. For example, if your child died from benzocaine poisoning, then you have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. Other situations to file a claim include:
- Once a child turns 18, they have two years to file a claim for injuries caused by benzocaine or belladonna.
- Parents have two years from the FDA’s January 2017 announcement to file a claim if their child suffered injury or death from belladonna.
The two-year statute of limitations is coming up soon. If you suffered injury or death as a result of Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets or gel, contact a Hyland’s lawsuit attorney.
What is the Statute of Limitations for a Homeopathic Teething Tablet Lawsuit?
The time to hold a company accountable for its negligence through a civil lawsuit is short. Because of this, it is important to contact a Hyland’s Lawsuit lawyer right away. The Carlson Law Firm is accepting cases from families across the country on behalf of children who have suffered injury as a result of benzocaine poisoning. If your child suffered an injury from Hyland’s Homeopathic Teething Tablets or gels.
Further, if your child developed any of the symptoms consistent with belladonna overdose, contact our firm to schedule a free case evaluation.
WHAT ARE ALTERNATIVES TO USING TEETHING GELS AND TEETHING TABLETS?
For many parents, it’s difficult to see your child in pain. However, parents should always be mindful of the possible dangers the medication they administer to their children pose. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers several alternatives for treating teething pain.
Rub your baby’s gums. Make sure you wash your hands first, but a clean finger or a moistened gauze pad to rub your baby’s gums is the perfect teething relief. The pressure eases or erases your baby’s discomfort.
Stick it in the Fridge. A cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring can soothe your baby’s gums. Never give your baby a frozen teething ring, as frozen rings are hard and can bruise your baby’s gums. Additionally, frozen temperatures can frostbite your baby’s lips or gums.
Eat hard foods. If your baby is eating solid foods, offer something hard, yet edible to gnaw on. A chilled and peeled cucumber or carrot can give your baby much-needed relief. However, it is important to keep a close eye on your baby. Any pieces that break off might pose a choking hazard.
Dab the drool. Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. Having objects in the mouth, such as teething rings or fingers, produces saliva. Excessive saliva can lead to skin irritation. Keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin.
Over-the-counter remedies. If your baby is especially cranky from the teething process, children’s Tylenol or children’s Motrin might help. Talk to your child’s doctor about what over-the-counter is best for your child’s pain.
While teething is usually treatable at home, if your baby develops a fever, or seems particularly uncomfortable, contact your doctor. Further, you should always avoid over-the-counter medicines that contain benzocaine and teething tablets with belladonna.
Teething Tablet Recall in the News
In 2010, Hyland’s made national news when it issued its initial recall. The recall concerned FDA laboratory findings that the Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets contained varying amounts of belladonna. In addition, the product did not come in child-proof bottles. The product again made the news in 2017 when the FDA forced the company to recall the product.
Contact a Hyland’s Lawsuit Attorney Today
Belladonna toxicity as a result of receiving Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets or gell is the direct negligence of a company. A company that refused to listen to warnings from parents about the dangers of its products. Many parents believe that natural medication means that its safe to give to their children. However, Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets contain the poisonous belladonna plant. A team of skilled defective medication attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm are currently reviewing potential lawsuits for parents whose children suffered injury by teething tablets and other similar remedies. We serve clients nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states. A Hyland’s Lawsuit attorney from The Carlson Law Firm has the expertise to help you get the recovery you and your child deserve.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation. If your child or other loved one suffered injury by teething tablets, you should contact our law firm immediately. The injuries your child suffered entitles them to compensation by filing a Hyland’s lawsuit and our lawyers can help.