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Recent Children’s Toy and Medication Recalls
By Drs. Neal Barry and Nicole Barry

It seems that the recent news has been filled with bad news concerning our children. There has been a lot of talk regarding lead paint in childrens toys as well as the safety of over the counter medications. The following article contains a summary of what has been in the news, as well as resources for further information.

Over the counter medications, are not “safe”, just because they are offered without a prescription. As you may know, many over the counter medications start out as prescription only, and eventually end up on the drug store shelves. Recent retrospective analysis of cold and cough medications, in children under 2 years of age, revealed some surprising results. Some much so, that drug manufacturers have voluntarily recalled the medications.

"This is a recognition by the companies making these [products] that, over the last decade, enough information has become available to swing the risk versus benefit ratio toward the risk side," said Dr. Richard Gorman, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. "This is a good step in protecting the safety of children, particularly young children," said Dr. Ian Paul, associate professor of pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. "Kids under age 2 are our most vulnerable population... There is no proven benefit for any of these products, and some potential for side effects -- and occasionally, serious side effects."

"At the time these were approved, the FDA extrapolated adult data to children," he added. "In the last 25-30 years, that has been shown to be inaccurate, and occasionally dangerous."

Some FDA advisers have recommended an outright ban on the infant preparations due to safety concerns. But McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the maker of Tylenol and Pediacare brand products, maintained in a statement issued Thursday that the products are safe when used as directed.

The most recent list of recalls applies to these medications:

  • Concentrated TYLENOL Infants' Drops Plus Cold

  • Concentrated TYLENOL Infants' Drops Plus Cold & Cough

  • PediaCare Infant Dropper Decongestant

  • PediaCare Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough

  • PediaCare Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)

  • PediaCare Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough

  • PediaCare Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)

If your child does come down with a cold and cough this season, making sure they are well hydrated, rested and Subluxation free, so that their bodies can heal. Misalignments in the upper cervical (neck) spine restrict the lymphatic system from being able to drain and deal with bacteria/virus’. Get Adjusted!

What about the recalled toys?

Toy-maker Fisher-Price has recalled 83 types of toys -- including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters -- because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead.The worldwide recall involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August 2007. This following a june recall of 1.5 million wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line, by toy maker RC2 corp. For a complete list of recalled toys please click here.

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Recent Children’s Toy and Medication Recalls
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