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Health Alerts: Essential oils, hand sanitizers, OTC drugs, and more :

November 1, 2020

Hand sanitizers packaged as food, drink

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents about several hand sanitizer products that look like food or drinks. The hand sanitizers are labeled as edible; packaged in food or drink containers like children’s food pouches, juice bottles, beer cans or vodka bottles; or include food flavors like chocolate or raspberry.

Parents should keep all hand sanitizers out of children’s reach. Many hand sanitizers are made with alcohol or rubbing alcohol. Swallowing just a tiny amount can cause alcohol poisoning or death in children. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include sleepiness, low blood sugar, seizures and coma.

Call 911 if your child has collapsed, is having a seizure, is having a hard time breathing or can't wake up after using or swallowing hand sanitizer products.

For questions about hand sanitizer, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 or visit

A list of recalled hand sanitizers is available at To report problems, visit


Essential oil packaging

Essential oils are becoming more popular. So have calls to poison centers about children exposed to products that are not in child-resistant packaging.

Poison centers across the U.S. received more than 17,000 calls about children under age 5 who were exposed to essential oils in 2018. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to keep essential oils away from young children.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued several warnings about essential oil packaging. Find out more at


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 A searchable food and medical product recall database is available

Over-the-counter drugs

Units: About 143,300

Hazard: The products are not in child-resistant packaging. Young children can be poisoned if they access and swallow the products.

Description: Recalled are 31 types of over-the-counter drugs made with aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, lidocaine, diphenhydramine, loperamide or naproxen. Brand names include Medi-First, Medi-First Plus, Medique, Dover, Otis Clapp and Ecolab. They were sold on or after June 1, 2018.

Sold exclusively at: from June 2018 through June 2020 for $2 to $59.

Remedy: Store the products away from children and contact the company for disposal and refund information.

Contact: Call 800-680-2474 or visit



Units: About 19,900

Hazard: The chest is unstable if not properly anchored to the wall. It could fall onto a child resulting in injury or death.

Description: Recalled are Essential Home brand Transform Belmont 2.0 model four-drawer chests sold in black, pine, walnut and white. “Kappesberg Móveis” and model number “F214” are in the instruction manual.

Sold exclusively at: Kmart stores and online at from March 2018 through April 2020 for about $60.

Remedy: If the chest is not anchored, place it in an area away from children. A free anchoring kit (with installation, upon request) is available for those who purchased the chest on or after Feb. 11, 2019. A free kit (without installation) is available for those purchased before that date.

Contact: Call 800-659-7026 or visit



Units: About 4,000

Hazard: The stroller’s handlebar can detach, which could injure young children.

Description: Recalled are Thule Sleek strollers sold in black, dark gray, light gray, navy blue and red. The recalled strollers have product numbers 11000001-5, 11000017, 11000330 or 11000337-342. The product number can be found on the label on the lower inside frame of the stroller. Only strollers without a QC2020 sticker next to the product label are recalled.

Sold at: Buy Baby, REI and other stores nationwide and online at and from July 2018 through June 2020 for $830 to $850.

Remedy: Stop using the stroller and contact the Thule Group to receive instructions on how to exchange the stroller for a free replacement.

Contact: Call 855-929-3531 or visit

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