Feldman & Pinto’s Philadelphia Hyland’s teething tablet lawyers are evaluating cases involving serious injury or death caused by Hyland’s Teething Tablets. Hyland’s Teething Tablets are an over the counter product used to reduce gum pain in children who are teething (cutting teeth).
The tablets contain belladonna (nightshade), a poison that can become toxic or lethal in too large a dose. Inconsistent doses of belladonna used in making Hyland’s teething tablets may be responsible for at least 400 injuries, including at least 10 deaths, in children given the tablets.
Injuries sustained by children given Hyland’s Teething Tablets include, but are not limited to:
- shortness of breath
- breathing cessation
- hallucinations and disorientation
- excessive sleepiness
- loss of consciousness
- rapid heart rate
- increased body temperature / fever
- weak muscles
- constipation and difficulty urinating
FDA Warnings and Recalls for Hyland’s Teething Tablets
The FDA became aware of the dangers of belladonna poisoning from Hyland’s Teething Tablets at least as early as 2010. In October 2010, the FDA warned consumers not to use the tablets, after receiving reports of seizures and other poisoning symptoms associated with varying amounts of belladonna found in Hyland’s Teething Tablets.
After the manufacturer purportedly reformulated the product and returned it to the marketplace, the FDA received an additional 400 reports of injuries, including 10 deaths, from 2011 to 2016. In September 2016, the FDA again issued a warning to parents to cease using teething tablets made with belladonna. The FDA stated that some of the tablets had levels of belladonna that far exceeded those claimed on the label.
In April 2017, the FDA requested the manufacturer (Standard Homeopathic Company, Inc.) to initiate an immediate recall of all Hyland’s Teething Tablets. The FDA request included a statement that varying concentrations of belladonna in the tablets indicated the company’s “fundamental lack of control over the content of toxic chemicals in