Emilia is popping her two top teeth and has been irritable, whiny and restless — very unlike her. We’re finding that this starts to scale up as we approach bedtime, with near hourly wake-ups to “comfort” nurse ALL-NIGHT-LONG. I don’t mind being her binkie, per se, but was curious if there might be something out there to take the edge off.
On recommendation from friends and family we’ve been giving her Hyland’s Baby Teething tablets. They’re a game-changer! But I do want to share some information along with my praise for this product.
In researching them before giving them to her, I learned that they were recalled in 2011, when they were linked to seizures, due to inconsistent amounts of Belladonna. If you’re a Practical Magic fan, you might remember that a Belladonna overdose accidentally killed Gillian’s boyfriend, so when I read that the tablets contained this, I was a little wary.
There have been no recalls since, thankfully, and the company’s immediate, cautious response, and transparency about what happened and how they fixed the issue spoke volumes for me. It was unfortunate to have happened but the fact that they have been around for 85-years certainly helps me to believe they are doing something right. So we felt comfortable giving these to Emilia with strict adherence to dosage.
Anyways, in the film, it was my impression that Belladonna induced sleep but in fact, belladonna is, among many things, an anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever. The first symptom of overdosage of the teething tablets, for example, is actually dry mouth. It seems that the ingredient “Coffee Cruda” is noted by the company to help with sleeplessness in the tablets, which I wasn’t expecting.
In my extensive research into Belladonna I learned a lot of fascinating facts. Atropa belladonna or “deadly nightshade” is one of the most toxic plants found in the Eastern Hemisphere. All parts of the plant are toxic, especially the root, and the plant’s berries ripen to look very similar to blueberries. The active agents in belladonna, atropine, hyoscine (scopolamine), and hyoscyamine, have anticholinergic properties.
I found this particularly interesting, since anticholinergic drugs are often used to treat Gastrointestinal disorders, like Crohn’s Disease. Most interestingly, many years ago, scopolamine was used in “Twilight Sleep,”the amnesic condition characterized by insensitivity to pain without loss of consciousness — used during childbirth for many starting around 1914.
So interesting, right?
On a totally different note, I also want to mention that Hyland’s tablets contain “lactose NF”, which, is formulated from cow’s milk but is completely purified of milk proteins, making it safe for babies under 1, who often have trouble digesting milk proteins earlier than that.
All this to say that research is incredibly important and worth the effort when it comes to my daughter. I’d been a bit hesitant to give her anything for teething but I’m glad I did because they’ve made an incredible difference.
Thanks to everyone who recommended them to us!
For more information, here are some of the resources I referenced: