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Warning About Belladonna for Teething

Question:

I have a teething two-year-old who is not sleeping well at night. My mom recommended giving her a homeopathic teething tablet called Belladonna to help her tolerate the pain. My girlfriend said that that stuff is toxic. Is this true?

Answer:

Your girlfriend is correct. The FDA published a warning in January not to use homeopathic Belladonna tablets or any gel products containing this ingredient. Belladonna is an extract from the deadly nightshade plant, which has a hallucinogenic effect and is highly toxic in large amounts. The body response in children under age 2 is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk. If your child is having teething issues, please seek advice from a qualified healthcare provider.