Johnson & Johnson has just announced a major recall for their line of Infant's Tylenol. The recall covers more than 500,000 bottles of liquid Tylenol. While there is reportedly nothing wrong with the medicine itself, a portion of the "SimpleMeasure" dosing system has a flawed design that can lead to a portion of the packaging to fall into the medicine.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to look through their medicine cabinets to see if they own any of the recalled Infant Tylenol products. If you do find one of the affected products, contact Tylenol immediately for a full refund. The following video from Tylenol has more information about the product recall.
Tylenol for Infants Product Recall Information
Product Recalls and Administering Medication
Product recalls should be a major concern for parents and childcare providers. While a portion of child product recalls are simply precautionary, there are plenty of instances in which dozens of children have been seriously injured or killed by a flawed product or packaging design. Take, for example the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recall of more than 7 million drop-side cribs since 2005. Flawed drop-side crib designs claimed the lives of at least 32 children.
The best way to protect your children is to stay up-to-date on the latest child product recalls from the CPSC. You can get these updates directly from CultureOfSafety.com or from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
While we're on the topic of medication, I feel compelled to remind childcare providers of the liability implications of administering medication to minors. In order to prevent liability associated with medicine recalls, allergies, or improper doses, no child should be given medicine that was not specifically provided by the child's parent or guardian. Read more about policies and procedures for giving medicine to kids in your care.