Parents should stop giving their babies homeopathic teething tablets or gels and throw the products away. The advice comes from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is investigating reports that children had seizures, breathing problems, sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating and agitation after using the products.
Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are sold at drugstores and online. The products are labeled for soothing babies’ teething pain, but they have not been approved by the FDA for teething pain or evaluated for safety.
Some of the products pulled from store shelves include Baby Orajel Naturals Gel, Nighttime Formula and Naturals Tablets; Hyland's Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets, Teething Gel, Teething Tablets; and CVS Homeopathic Infant's Teething Tablet and Teething Liquid.
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend using gels or tablets to soothe teething infants’ gums. Instead, caregivers can rub the child’s gums; offer chew toys or cold (not frozen) teething toys; and use frozen wet washcloths on infants’ gums. Find more information at http://bit.ly/2dErKGl.
Seek immediate medical care if you think your child has a reaction after using the products. Report side effects to the FDA at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report or call 800-332-1088.
Baby formula recalled
All lots of Sammy’s Milk Baby Food are recalled because the product might contain harmful bacteria and it may not provide enough nutritional levels of iron, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Sammy’s Milk was distributed in California to Mother’s Markets retailers and through nationwide direct delivery from www.SammysMilk.com. It is packaged in a 12.84-ounce white plastic container with expiration dates of 11/2016 to 8/2018. No illnesses have been reported.
Do not consume the product, and return it to the store where purchased for a refund. Contact the company at 949-646-4628 or email recall@SammysMilk.com.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise instructed. Consumers can submit reports of harm to CPSC’s searchable online product safety database at www.SaferProducts.gov. A searchable food and medical product recall database is available at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.
Units: About 53,000
Hazard: The pacifier clip’s spring mechanism can break and release small parts that children can choke on.
Description: Babies‘R’Us pacifier clips were sold in six colors and character designs, including a red monster, blue monster, monkey, giraffe and owl. The pacifier clips have a circular plastic cover affixed to a metal spring clip and a fabric strip with snaps at the other end. Model number 5F6237F and “2014 Geoffrey, LLC” are engraved on the back of the plastic cover.
Sold exclusively at: Babies‘R’Us and Toy’R’Us stores nationwide from February 2015 through April 2016 for about $4.
Remedy: Return the product to Babies ‘R’ Us or Toys ‘R’ Us for a refund.
Hazard: The chair rivets can break while in use, posing a fall hazard to the consumer.
Description: This recall involves Captiva Designs bungee chairs with model number AC098 printed on the product packages. The collapsible chair has a navy blue and teal nylon and bungee seat and black metal legs. The chair’s bungee cords are laced through the seat frame.
Sold exclusively at: Big 5 Sporting Goods stores nationwide from May through July 2016 for about $30.
Remedy: Return chairs to any Big 5 Sporting Goods store for a refund.
Hazard: The on/off activation switch on the pool alarm is reversed, which can cause the alarm to fail to alert consumers if a child enters the water.
Description: Recalled are the PE12 PoolEye submersible swimming pool alarms for above-ground pools. The gray pool alarm consists of a sensor tube with a float switch that is submerged under water and an audible sensor fixed to the outside of the pool. The siren has an on/off activation switch. PoolEye is printed on the siren. PE12 is printed on the manual, and UPC code 628208165125 is printed on the product’s packaging.
Sold at: Family Leisure, Pool and Spa Depot and other authorized dealers and online at Amazon, Doheny Enterprise, Target, Walmart and other websites in June and July 2016 for $70 to $80. The alarms also were provided at no cost as part of a pool package.
Remedy: Contact SmartPool for a replacement alarm. Always supervise children in and around water.
Hazard: The internal stitching on the infant carrier is missing, posing a fall hazard to children.
Description: The Lenny Lamb Buckle Onbu infant carrier is designed to strap the baby against the caregiver’s body at the hip. It is meant to be used with children who can sit unassisted. It is most commonly used for back carry. The woven 100% cotton carrier was sold in 83 different styles and in one standard size. It has an interior panel to adjust the width, padded shoulder straps and an adjustable hood. A label with the manufacture date between 05.2016 and 06.2016 is on the back side of the shoulder area of the carrier.
Sold: Online at 5 Minute Recess, Ashley Hesch Bibetts, Lenny Lamb, Savanna Brown and other online retailers from May to June 2016 for about $90.
Remedy: Contact Lenny Lamb for a refund or replacement carrier.