How I Survive Colds & Teething.

Via Emma Blue
on Apr 26, 2012
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When she began teething it was like she was replaced by a demon baby.

Aurélia was no longer here.

My toddler is a pill popper. We have to watch her when serving lunch or else in the blink of an eye grandma’s thyroid medicine vanishes.

When my daughter, Aurélia, began teething, an amber teething necklace was donned. It was like my daughter was no longer here, replaced by a demon baby. Homeopathy was suggested.

I am still on the fence about the science of homeopathy. Originating in Europe in the 18th century, homeopathy is the theory that miniscule doses of something that causes the same symptoms you’re experiencing will reverse the symptoms. Countless friends of mine have had their lives changed for the better with their discovery of homeopathy so it was worth trying. Unlike steroids or antibiotics, it addresses the whole body and not just a symptom.

The idea of homeopathy being safe and leaving your body better than it was to begin with is appealing. The same virus can bring out different reactions in people, thus the idea that there is a different remedy for each reaction and person rather than a one size fits all answer.

Buying individual remedies can become expensive, I like that Hyland’s simplifies the process of selecting a homeopathic medicine by combining several active ingredients to treat the most common symptoms of an acute ailment in their homeopathic baby product line.

But are they safe for those with dairy allergies? One of the inactive ingredients in some of their remedies is lactose:

All of our tablet products contain Lactose N.F.” The ‘N.F.’ stands for “National Formulary,” indicating pharmaceutical grade lactose, which is milk sugar from cow’s milk completely purified of milk proteins. Individuals with dairy allergies—specifically, with milk protein/casein allergies—can safely take the medicine without fear of reaction. The amount of lactose per tablet is well below the trigger point for most individuals with lactose intolerance to experience symptoms.

We were off to a running start with Hyland’s homeopathic cough syrup. It tastes light and delicious (naturally sweetened with licorice root and beet) and after administering it twice my daughter’s cough completely vanished and never returned. I adjusted the dose and tried it myself and experienced relief from my cough as well. We also used their vitamin C tablets (sodium ascorbate) and cold tablets.

My favorite thing about Hyland’s tablets for babies is that they dissolve in your child’s mouth so you don’t need to do an extra step of diluting pellets in a cup of water. They also offer a drug-free teething gel for another option.

I also love that their products are made in the U.S., but it would be nice to see more eco-friendly packaging.

So does it work?!

I think the teething tablets help a little bit. It was not as noticeable an improvement as with the cough syrup. If that little bit of help is just my subconscious feeling better because I am trying to be proactive about my daughter’s discomfort, I will take it.

So what do you think of homeopathy?




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About Emma Blue

Emma Blue wants to be a mensch when she grows up. To inspire you to share your story and to wear fewer ungapotchke outfits. She finds eye contact, dancing and writing with stolen time agreeable. She lives in Sarasota, Florida with her daughter, Aurélia. Keep your finger on her cyber pulse with her newsletter .


7 Responses to “How I Survive Colds & Teething.”

  1. Thanks Emma! Posted this to elephant Health and Wellness on Facebook.

  2. Charlie says:

    Love Hylands! Used the teething tablets for all three of my kiddos and LOVE them! Thanks for covering such a great brand.

  3. Kendi says:

    Love Hylands! We have used the teething tablets for our daughter and they have worked wonders! We also have the teething gel and the cold medicine and the cough and cold tablets but have not used them yet! But I will tell you this, I will use the teething tablets on all my children and if the rest work as good then I will use those too! love love love hylands!

  4. I worry about Belladonna… it's a poison, and it's in all of the Hyland's baby products. I won't give it to my kids.

  5. Kathy says:

    It is not a poison, that is just media hype. Do more research! I've been taking it and giving it to my kids for years!

  6. From the FDA and the Hylands Recall:
    "Hyland's Teething Tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis, however, has found that Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna. In addition, the FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps."

    Belladonna has been known since pre-Roman times to be poisonous. The Roman emperor Claudius was killed with it. I, personally, am not comfortable giving Belladonna to my children. If you want to, go right ahead. I choose not to.

  7. Marcia Brown says:

    Homeopathic remedies in potencies 12C or 24X and higher are diluted beyond Avogadro's Law, which means there is not a measurable amount of the original substance present. Healing is stimulated by the "memory" or "energy" of the substance in the liquid which is on the pellets. Therefore, it is very safe if used appropriately. No remedy should be repeated if it is not stimulating a healing response within 24-48 hours. A remedy which has stimulated a definite healing response can be stopped as it has done it's job. The body can do the rest on its own. I have been practicing homeopathy for 8 years and have used Belladonna and other remedies made from poisonous substances with no ill effects, only healing or no response if it is not the correct remedy. Single remedies are usually more effective then combination remedies when they are chosen for the individual client.