Local doctor recommends safer therapy for teething babies

Teething tablets warning
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A local pediatrician stands by the Food and Drug Administration's recent warning to parents of the dangers of teething tablets.

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine's Andrea Read said the teething tablets are not safe.

She said it is not any particular brand, but the product itself.

"They've been proven to show that children develop seizures, convulsions, lethargy and sleepiness from these tablets," Read said.

There are simple remedies that are much safer than buying the teething products to soothe the pain.

"The things that you can do instead is use a cold rag, some teething rings that have been in the refrigerator, and an appropriate weight-based dose of Tylenol if needed," Read said.

Read said comfort is the best thing for a child experiencing teething pain.

"Teething is a normal part of development," she said. "The best thing to do during this time is comforting your child, give them a lot of hugs and cuddles and try to use the most appropriate form of therapy to deal with this pain."

Read told Region 8 News that parents should be aware of over-the-counter products, saying some of them are not always safe or approved by the FDA.

"They don't go through the same standards that drugs that are proven by the FDA do," Read said. "The most important thing to know is you need to be aware of those things."

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