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Posted in Child Safety, Children's Health, tagged acetaminophen, American Academy of Pediatrics, Benadryl, berry flavor, bubble gum flavor, certirizine, Children's Motrin, Children's Motrin Cold, Children's Tylenol, Children's Zyrtec, diphenhydramine, dye-free, generic, grape flavor, hospital Tylenol, ibuprofen, infants' Motrin, infants' Tylenol, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, mcneil product recall, Motrin Infant Drops, NDC Code #50580-721-04, over the counter cold medicines, Tylenol, Tylenol Cold, UPC #300450205049 on May 8, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
This week I went to my sample closet looking for recalled versions of McNeil children’s products. Yes, even some samples were recalled! Fortunately, I found out that I don’t have samples of any of the items. I used to be upset that I rarely received samples of Tylenol or Motrin brands, because it is nice to be able to give some to a parent when their child has a fever (or after immunizations) so that the parent does not have to stop at the store on their way home.
I guess I should be glad that I do not have to track down any patients to whom I have given samples. Since I have received a lot of telephone calls from anxious parents, I thought I better research the recalled items further.
“McNeil Consumer Healthcare is initiating this voluntary recall because some of these products may not meet required quality standards. This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events…Consumers can contact the company at 1-888-222-6036 and also at www.mcneilproductrecall.com.”
McNeil products websites go on to say, “Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles.”
McNeil has also recalled certain forms of Motrin Infant Drops (berry flavored) and Children’s Motrin ® berry flavored, dye free suspension. Remember that the infants’ version of any pain reliever is typically more concentrated than the children’s version, and so should not be used in children over the age of one year.
Even certain hospital versions of Children’s Motrin have been recalled, as well as doctors’ samples. Children’s Motrin Cold Formulas have been recalled as well. Remember, over the counter cold medicines are not safe (and also not found to be effective) in children under the age of nine. I wrote about the 2008 recall of over the counter cold medicines on the American Academy of Pediatrics website.
Other products recalled include Children’s Zyrtec Sugar Free Dye Free Bubble Gum flavor and Zyrtec grape flavored syrup in several size bottles.
To find out if you have the formulation that is recalled, enter the NDC (identification) number from your bottle body=/zyrtec/pages/ndc_finder.jsp here.
Children’s Benadryl and Infants’ Benadryl drops were also recalled.
You can get a refund or coupon for future purchase by filling out the McNeil form here.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the recalled medications, including how to dispose of unused medicine and what to do if you have given these agents to your child, are also available.
The recall brings up some really important points for doctors and parents. First, any medication ingested potentially could have side effects or cause problems. So you should only take a medicine or give it to your child if you absolutely need it. That goes double for medications like antibiotics, which are often prescribed without thought to sick patients.
Second, in some cases, there are generic versions which can be used instead of the brand name Motrin (ibuprofen), Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Tylenol (acetaminophen). Other non-sedating antihistamines (except brand name Benadryl) such as loratadine can be used instead of Zyrtec (certirizine).
Last Updated May 9, 2010 by Dr. Vee
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The Parents Journal 072909-One Hour Show
The Parent’s Journal Topics & Guests (start times in parentheses)
Fruits and Veggies for Your Little Ones – Eileen Behan (01:00)
Baby on the Move – Dr. Laura Jana (06:00)
Parent’s Notes – A Practical Parenting Tip from a Mom or Dad (24:40)
Teaching Kids to Say NO to Bully Behavior – Barbara Coloroso (29:03)
Rear-facing Car Seat Safety – Dr. Vandana Bhide (51:06)
Last updated August 24, 2009 by Dr. Vee
My interview on The Parents’ Journal with Bobbi Conner about “Rear-facing Car Seats being safer until Age Two” is being featured on public radio stations nationwide this week.
Next week (one week following the Public radio broadcast) the interview will be featured on The Parents Journal Podcast, which can be accessed through The Parents Journal website, so that everyone (world-wide) can listen!
Last edited by Dr.Vee on July 27, 2009
Posted in Child Safety, tagged American Academy of Pediatrics, car accident, car safety, car seat, Child Safety, fractures of the legs, front-facing car seats, keep toddlers in car seats until age two, rear-facing car seats, spinal cord injuries, weak necks on April 10, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
Most parents know that infants should ride in a rear facing car seat until age one. Actually, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping toddlers in car seats until age two. Children are five times safer in a rear-facing car seat than in a forward-facing car seat until the age of two.
Previously, it was believed that when the legs of children were long enough to reach the seatback of the seat the car seat is buckled into, there was a higher risk of injuries to the legs. Hence the previous recommendation of changing to a front-facing car seat after age one year. Now studies confirm that fractures of the legs are rare with rear-facing seats.
In a car accident, rear-facing car seats protect the neck, head, spine and pelvis better than front-facing car seats. Toddler’s heads are disproportionately large for their relatively weak necks, so the risk of paralysis and other serious spinal cord injury is much higher in forward-facing car seats.
If an infant car seat is used, the infant should be changed to a rear-facing convertible car seat when the infant’s head is within one inch of the top of the car seat and the maximum weight limit (usually between 22 and 32 pounds) has been reached. Toddlers over the age of 12 months old and under 4 years old should ride in a harnessed car seat, preferably one with five points.
Since car accidents are the number one cause of death in children,it is extremely important to continue to have toddlers ride in rear-facing car seats until age two.
To find a certified passenger safety technician who can help you determine if your car seat is installed properly,
or call 1-866-732-8243 or 888-327-4236.
Last updated May 9, 2009 by Dr. Vee