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Calms Forte vs. Melatonin November 3, 2010

Filed under: experiment — keeralynn @ 7:01 pm
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My 3.5 year old daughter has a really hard time winding down for bedtime. We’d thought we’d try somethings to see if they helped.

First we tried Hyland’s Calms Forte. The directions say to give the kids 2 tablets every fifteen minutes for up to 8 doses, then every 4 hours. We did that. And then we waited. And waited. And waited. After 4 hours- no effect whatsoever. My daughter LOVES the taste of them, and will ask for them. But it doesn’t make her sleepy.

Then we tried Melatonin. I bought the bottle of 3mg pills. If She’s restless, and really can’t settle down, I give her half a pill (1.5 mg). It takes about an hour to kick in, but it works 95% of the time. Melatonin is safe because it is a chemical naturally produced by our bodies to help regulate our sleep/wake cycle.

*As a note, I’m not advocating buying a certain namebrand. Only sharing my experiences. =)

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FDA bans Hyland teething tablets… November 2, 2010

Filed under: rant — Kerri Valtinson @ 3:20 am
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UGH. Can I start out saying that?

FDA banned (not recalled for further testing) Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets. They CLAIM that the belladonna in Hyland’s teething tablets was inconsistantly controlled and therefore posed a risk, and oh by the way the bottles don’t have child resistant caps. That is the reason they are banning Hyland’s. “The amount of Belladonna in Hyland’s formulation is a mere 0.0002 milligrams per pill. . . A single pill of the pharmacy formulation is 2,000-4,000 times stronger!”

However, can I just point out this? “The FDA has not evaluated Hyland’s teething tablets for safety or efficacy” If they have not tested it, how can they know? Do they have a legitimate claim to ban it?

My daughter recently ate half a bottle of  Hyland’s teething tablets when we were over at Kerri’s house. And you know what? She is absolutely fine. Not so much as a stomach ache.  I don’t recommend it, but it didn’t hurt her. We even called poison control and they said there is nothing in there that would hurt her. The funny thing is, they banned it two days later.

I appreciate the FDA trying to do a thorough job, but I think they just didn’t do their homework.