Hylands Recall: The Aftermath

Now that the dust has settled on the Hyland’s Teething Tablet recall and my feeling of terror and oh-my-god-I-poisoned-my-baby has subsided, I am left with some lingering doubts and questions. There is a lot of mixed information online and I’m really undecided about how I feel.

Hyland’s Teething Tablets are homeopathic and not regulated by the FDA in the same manner as standard medications. I was surprised by the number of people on Twitter and Facebook who didn’t know this or didn’t even know they were homeopathic. I read the packaging before I give Spencer any sort of medication or treatment. Also, homeopathic does not automatically equal safe, but some people seem to assume that because it is natural, it is safe. There are some arguments against the efficacy of Hyland’s Teething Tablets online, but I can say from first hand experience that they worked wonders on Spencer. Who knows, maybe chewing on sugar tablets in the same shape would have worked just as well.

The recall was based on the possibility of belladonna toxicity. Per Hyland’s, a 10 pound child would have to ingest 6 bottles of teething tablets to even possibly see toxicity. But, Hyland’s also issue the recalled based on irregularities in the amount of belladonna among lots. Which makes me kind of think that the tablets I have in open bottles are ok to keep using, because there have been no symptoms in using the those tablets and I have two half-full bottles left. (I live in a two-story house and am very, very lazy. There are upstairs and downstairs teething tablets.)

I was already working on this post and thinking about the recall when this article came out on The Stir questioning the Hyland’s recall (a much better post than this one, go read it) which made me think I was headed in the right direction and comforted to know that other people are thinking the same things. I also did a quick Twitter poll and a few people mentioned that they were still using the tablets.

I’m no stranger to alternative medicines. My sister-in-law gave me moxibustion treatments during my pregnancy, in addition to acupuncture (if you live in SF, she is fabulous), and it is the only thing that helped with my leg pain. And I have used some herbal remedies. The funniest of which were these crazy magic drops that my in-laws found in the back of the Utne Reader that were a miracle hangover prevention remedy. They totally worked, too. I also tried fenugreek and blessed thistle to increase my breast milk supply before I turned to Domperidone.

I just think prudence is needed and being informed is important. I wouldn’t take a whole bunch of herbs with out looking into it first and I certainly¬† wouldn’t give something to Spencer without some education. I feel like I got caught up in recall hysteria and failed to use my critical thinking skills. What I do know, is that Spencer hasn’t slept more than 3 hours in a row at night since I stopped using Hyland’s Teething Tablets.

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8 Responses to “Hylands Recall: The Aftermath”

  1. TMae says:

    We use Boiron’s Camilia (http://www.boironusa.com/products/camilia.php) more often than Hyland’s (although, I’m still using Hyland’s – when the boy isn’t spitting them out). I think it works better. It’s possible that I’m crazy, and they both either work or don’t work depending on which side of the fence you fall on. I’m suspicious of the FDA with regard to homeopathy (either regulate or don’t – this half-ass stuff doesn’t help anyone), so I’ve been kind of “Meh” about the recall.

    I thought about tossing the bottles we have, but am too lazy in the end.


    Amy Reply:

    I bought the Camilla, but is doesn’t seem to work as well, but it is probably all in my head. He’s getting all 4 molars at once and I have pretty much lost my mind and given up on sleep.


    TMae Reply:

    I also give them to him every hour for a few hours leading up to bedtime when he’s particularly challenging. His pediatrician recommended that to help him sleep in general (because he’s a piss poor sleeper).

    I feel ya, and hope that the teeth come soon. O just popped two uppers, and is now working on two lowers. Sleep has been scarce here, too.


  2. We did toss ours. A friend of mine contacted the company and spoke at length with them. They also said it was a irregularity found in one batch but they were working on the formula so that each tablet would have the exact amount of potency as the others. I do also think they need a child proof cap.


    Amy Reply:

    I agree about the childproof cap completely.


  3. I tossed mine when I read about it, but I feel ya. I mean, the bottle was 3/4 of the way gone. Surely if there was something wrong with that batch I would have seen symptoms.

    Also, I tossed them b/c we seemed to be at a manageable point of the molars coming in. Then last night happened and I was literally wringing my hands at 3 am thinking whiy oh why did I throw out the damn hylands.

    A friend recommended Humphreys teething tablets to me, so today we will scour Brooklyn for some because I cannot deal with another sleepless night full of screaming. And even tylenol didn’t do the trick (well actually it was CVS brand)


    Amy Reply:

    I haven’t heard of Humphreys. I have to look for them.


    babyinbrooklyn Reply:

    Yeah I found some Humphrey’s today. Pretty sure they are on the list next for the FDA’s recall – same ingredients and no child proof cap :). So far, so good though.


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