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Teething gels could pose danger to infants


The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a new warning when it comes to treatments for teething infants.

They are telling parents to stay away from homeopathic teething gels. They conducted a study and found that 10 infants died and hundreds became sick over the past six years and they are investigating whether those treatments are to blame.

Channel 3's Christina Leavenworth talked to a pediatrician about bogus remedies and what actually works in this Health Watch report.

Any parent will tell you that teething is simply not fun. For some babies, it means they are more fussy as those teeth start to break through.

However for others, it can mean fevers and many sleepless nights.

Christy Tyner said her son had a, "Runny nose, sometimes fever, messy diapers, irritable, not sleeping well. We are really happy when those teeth finally pop through."

Her son, 10-month old Dax, is still teething. She said it's been so bad he was nearly hospitalized.

She said, "It got pretty bad, he almost had to be admitted to a hospital for dehydration. We had so many messy diapers and he wouldn't drink because his teeth were hurting so bad. "

Most babies sprout their first tooth between 4 and 7 months. Over the years homeopathic options have become more popular, including homeopathic teething gels.

Now they have been discontinued and the FDA has warned parents against using them. They tell parents to watch out for seizures, trouble breathing, and tremors.

Pediatrician Dr. Teresa Mahaffey said many parents used them in the past and she never saw any benefits.

She said, "I saw no results, seriously you are giving them like a sugar pill."

She tells parents to steer clear of homeopathic options because there is no science behind it. She said parents are often desperate and will try bogus ideas they find through the internet. The latest is an Amber Teething Necklaces.

Dr. Mahaffey said, "The theory is when the kid sweats or gets hot, it releases an oil into the body and then that helps with pain. That's a reach of rationality I can't go with."

She said the necklace is a strangulation risk and children could eat the beads. So what actually helps for teething?

She suggests applying Anbesol on the gums and giving your child a cold item to chew on. Click here for teething remedies.