It looks to be lapses in meeting required quality standards. While tests by the FDA found the actual finished products were not contaminated, raw materials used to make some of the medications were. There were also instances of some products having too much of the active ingredient, while others were found to contain "tiny particles" that shouldn't be there. It's still being investigated and, yes, it's worrisome, but so far there are no reports of any child anywhere getting sick from the medications. Still, McNeil and the FDA are obviously taking the recall seriously, and so am I. I've told my parents to return or dispose of the meds immediately.
Here's the bigger issue, though. American parents—and with three kids, I'm one of you—often have a kind of fever phobia. If our children feel a little warm to the back of our hand, we reach for the Motrin or Tylenol. At the first sniffle or sneeze, we break out the Benadryl or Zyrtec. If we're honest, a lot of the time we medicate our kids for our comfort, to dial down the worry meter a notch. But it's usually not necessary. Often, a cold or fever will go away on its own.
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