Higginbotham Warns of Teething Remedies

October 11, 2016

Dr Eric Higginbotham on KXAN-TVThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning to parents, urging they avoid using commonly sold homeopathic teething tablets, gels and liquids–even recommending that parents trash any such products they have at home.

ESP’s Dr. Eric Higginbotham, emergency department medical director at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, told KXAN-TV that these over-the-counter remedies are not regulated by the FDA. The risk can be traced to the extract of a plant called belladonna, also known as deadly nightshade.

“The side effects of this, if it’s given too frequently, or if the concentration is too much in that product, can cause a wide number of side effects,” Higginbotham said. “From dilated pupils to hallucinations, to finally having seizures and causing kids to go into a coma.”

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Founded in 1988, Emergency Service Partners, L.P. is a physician practice management group specializing in hospital emergency departments (EDs). The physician-owned and physician-managed partnership serves more than 35 EDs across Texas. In addition, ESP provides pulmonary, intensive care, sleep medicine, hospitalist, and ob/gyn hospitalist services in Central Texas.