Grumble, grumble... I'm slightly irritated (okay, a bit more than slightly) that all my great plans to stock up on Hyland's Teething Tablets in order to supply any and all of our parents with them when they were needed/requested have been foiled. My orders - from 3 different suppliers - made within an hour of the FDA statement - have all been canceled with an "urgent" warning that they figure I must not know about...
In her post at Gaia Health, Heidi Stevenson notes that,
The FDA's goal of making the world safe for Big Pharma is made obvious by their attack on a product for which the possibility of harm is so far-fetched that it's laughable: Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets. Well, it would be laughable if it weren't for the fact that an exceptionally safe product that's been used by thousands to ease their children's teething pains is now gone.And here is where my irritation resides. Rather than give consumers the facts and let them decide for themselves, a product, which was never 'dangerous' to begin with, has been removed from the market and the company given a bad name by those who haven't the slightest clue (mass media, bloggers, store clerks) what they are talking about. In fact, the FDA never tested Hyland's in the first place (as is commonly not done with homeopathic items). They clearly state:
The FDA has not evaluated Hyland’s Teething Tablets for safety or efficacy.Stevenson has already detailed many of the same points I was planning to make in response to the FDA ban, so I'll direct you to read her words here.
It seems, however, that until Hyland's appeases the FDA with a re-release of their teething tablets fully equipped with a child-proof lid (and some possible ingredient tampering) we're high and dry for teething tablets around these parts. All our local vendors are out, and while there is at least one Whole Foods Store that still has them for customers signing a waiver stating they read the FDA recall, it is a full 3 hours away...
My main concern? That the ingredients themselves will be changed, interfering with the effectiveness of Hyland's Teething Tablets before their arrival back on the market.
If you are searching for teething relief at your house, try any of the great suggestions brought up on this list of effective solutions. You may also like Humphrey's Teething Pellets (with the same main ingredients as Hyland's and equally dissolved in the cheek) or Washington Homeopathic Products' similar teething tablets here.