While most people know they are taking a risk when consuming medication, swallowing metal fragments isn’t usually seen as one of the possibilities. Yet, children’s and infant’s liquid Tylenol has knowingly sold medication containing heavy metals for over a year. The company recently faced charges for manufacturing and selling the contaminated product.
Metal Fragments Found In Liquid Tylenol
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of the Johnson Johnson company, faced a federal criminal charge over the issue. In case you’re hoping this news isn’t true, the company’s response might give you a hint. The company plead guilty to a criminal charge of manufacture and process of adulterated over-the-counter medicines.
As the contaminated medicine was sold over-the-counter, the number of people affected by it is still unknown. There’s no telling how many parents purchased it and gave it to their children, believing it was a safe product.
During the manufacturing process, nickel, chromium and iron particles were integrated into the liquid medicine. The company knew about the contamination for a least a year. Yet, they did nothing to prevent or correct it.
The company agreed to pay a $25 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but they continue to make infant and children’s Tylenol.
This isn’t the first time that Tylenol has experienced safety concerns. From 2008-2010, the company recalled hundreds of millions of bottles of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and other products due to metal particles in the medicines. The bottles also suffered from moldy odors and labeling problems.
Heavy Metal Contamination
No reports of injuries have come in just yet, but it takes years for heavy metal contamination to become apparent. The children who took the medicine may wind up with health problems later on in life, thanks to the contamination. Thankfully, there are several ways to help detox dangerous heavy metals from your system.
Alternatives To Children’s Tylenol
While the possibility of consuming metal fragments isn’t listed on the side of the bottle, Tylenol has many other side effects. To keep your children safe, it might be wise to look into more natural health remedies.
1. Turmeric For Pain Relief
Scientific evidence suggests that turmeric is more effective for treating pain that multiple drugs. These include corticosteriods, blood thinners and anti-inflammatory drugs. The polyphenol in turmeric has been shown to have hundreds of health benefits. It’s a safe, effective and natural option for children who need pain relief.
2. Ginger For Nausea
Ginger can stop the stomach contractions that tell your child’s brain that he or she feels nauseous. For children 2 or older, add 1 teaspoon of shredded fresh ginger to 4 ounces of boiling water. Let it steep for 4-5 minutes. Add some honey to make it taste better. After it has cooled, have your child drink.
3. Chamomile Tea For Colic
If your infant is suffering from colic, you can giver them chamomile tea to help relax the intestinal muscles and calm them down. Let the tea steep for 4-5 minutes, then let it cool to room temperature. Put 1-2 ounces in a bottle. Don’t give your baby more than 4 ounces a day.
4. Honey And Lemon Juice For A Sore Throat
Lemon helps to dry up congestion while honey provides a soothing coating on the throat. Mix together 1 tablespoon of each, then microwave for 20 seconds until warm. Have your child swallow the mixture 1 teaspoon at a time. Honey is not safe for babies under 1 year.
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