Last week, MBI Distributing recalled some of its homeopathic products citing the lack of proper manufacturing controls. The majority of the recalled products are targeted for children and include teething drops, nausea drops, intestinal colic drops, stomach calm, expectorant cough syrup, silver-zinc throat spray, and argentum elixir.
While there have not been reports of illness, the company stated that its control standards had broken down and the products were not consistently made and therefore a danger to the public. These kind of over-the-counter products do not have to prove that they actually work, only that they are not dangerous to be sold. In this case, the company could no longer guarantee that promise of safety.
What is worse is that most of these non-prescription products for infants and children to ease pain are both expensive and useless. What does work for teething? You can try rubbing the gums with something cold, acetaminophen such as Tylenol, or ibuprofen such as Motrin or Advil. In the past, whiskey and paregoric (a form of opium) were used and they were very dangerous and really did not work well either.
Parents and many medical practitioners feel a need to do something to help uncomfortable children. Often times the best thing to do is to hold and gently rock the child when it's a non-serious and painful condition that will get better by itself. The best policy with most minor illnesses is to do nothing. Unfortunately, human beings are simply not good at not treating. It may feel powerless, but the best thing to do is letting the illness or injury run its course.