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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Consumer Alert - Recall

Cripes! Are people really giving OTC cough and cold medications to infants?

Well, if you are, just stop now. Johnson & Johnson is recalling their brands, according to this report in Reuters, which goes on to say:
Data show that when misused, the medicines can lead to overdose, especially in infants under 2 years old, the company said.

It is recalling Concentrated Infants' TYLENOL Drops Plus Cold; Concentrated Infants' TYLENOL Drops Plus Cold & Cough; PEDIACARE Infant Drops Decongestant (PSE); PEDIACARE Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (PSE); PEDIACARE Infant Dropper Decongestant (PE); PEDIACARE Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough; and PEDIACARE Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (PE) products from the U.S. market.
Kids over 2 years of age and older are OK.

FWIW, I don't have kids, but I would never consider giving a kid under the age of 2 any medication whatsoever without advice from its doctor. What are people thinking? My parents didn't even believe in giving us aspirin unless we had a fever. They relied on soap and water, the occasional disinfectant for really bad cuts and scrapes (lesser ones got hot water, a rough scrubbing to remove any dirt, and a bandage), and home remedies like hot water and lemon juice for colds, chicken soup, ginger tea, and very very rarely, antibiotics when prescribed.

All this medication of children is a huge scam. Drug companies are not permitted to test anything on infants and very young children, so the only time they find out if anything is dangerous is when your kid explodes. I would be extremely conservative about medicating my sprog. Remember, no matter what the drug companies' paid PR people say, they're not in it for your health, they're in it for the profits.

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