Children's and Infant's Tylenol Recall Underway

A voluntary recall of several varieties of children’s and infants’ Tylenol has been announced by the drug’s manufacturer, McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Specific lots and flavors of 21 Tylenol products are being recalled, including Children’s Tylenol® Suspension 4 oz. Strawberry, Children’s Tylenol® Pediatric Suspension 1 oz. Cherry, and Infants’ Tylenol® Suspension Drops ½ oz. Grape.

According to a letter sent by Edwin K. Kuffner, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for McNeil Consumer Healthcare, to healthcare professionals on September 18, 2009, the company initiated the recall in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration. The recall includes certain lots of Children’s and Infants’ Tylenol® products that were manufactured between April 2008 and June 2008.

The reason for the Tylenol recall concerns the possible contamination of one of the inactive ingredients used to make the medications. Examination of bulk raw materials resulted in the detection of the gram-negative bacteria Burkholderia cepacia. To date, no bacteria have been found in any of the finished products. McNeil was able to isolate the materials in which the bacteria had been found and isolated it. However, as a precaution, McNeil decided to initiate the recall of the children’s and infants’ Tylenol products that could have been affected.

Research shows that infection with B. cepacia has been reported after individuals have used pharmaceutical products such as nasal sprays and mouthwash that have been contaminated with the bacteria. Possible adverse effects related to infection with B. cepacia can be serious in patients considered to be high risk, such as those who have pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, or whose immune systems are otherwise compromised. An assessment of post-marketing safety surveillance data by McNeil of the recalled children’s and infants’ Tylenol products produced during the time period in question did not reveal any contamination concerns.

Parents and other caregivers who may have given their infants or children any of the recalled Tylenol products should contact their healthcare providers if they have any concerns. The lot numbers of Tylenol products can be found on the bottom of the product’s box as well as on the sticker that encircles the bottle. Individuals can contact the McNeil Customer Care Center at 1-800-962-5357 if they have a recalled Tylenol product, and they will be sent a coupon for a new bottle. A complete list of the recalled Tylenol products can be seen on the website.

Benefits of an Organic Crib Mattress

The morning sickness continues to plague me all…, so I decided to try to cheer myself up by continuing my Baby Shower Madness with our review of the Naturepedic NO-COMPROMISE™ ORGANIC COTTON ULTRA
Baby Crib & Toddler Mattress

Between the ages of birth and one year, babies will spend about 70% of the time sleeping. Given that statistic, deciding what your baby will be sleeping on is a very important decision that should not be taken lightly. After a lot of research, I became sold on the idea that I would go Organic as far as crib mattresses go this time around.

Many Non-Organic crib mattresses contain a number of materials with questionable effects. Experts are starting to look at everything from polyurethane foam to chemical fire retardants to see what kinds of effects they may have on growing babies. Some studies have even shown a link between chemicals added as fire retardants and an increase in SIDS

Some experts say that Organic crib mattresses, with their natural ingredients, allow air to flow freely through the mattress. The better air circulation may help your baby breathe better. In addition, some studies suggest that the organic cotton may lead to a lower incidence of allergic reactions.

After researching Organic crib mattresses, I was most impressed with Naturepedic because they received the most awards and endorsements of any child mattress company on the market. They also  regularly test their products for chemical emissions and are certified by GREENGUARD? to meet their strict standards for children.

I ordered the NO-COMPROMISE™ ORGANIC COTTON ULTRA Baby Crib & Toddler Mattress and am very impressed with my choice. It provides firm support, provides an Organic cotton waterproof cover, is hypoallergenic, and provides fire protection. It is also one of the most reasonable prices on the market.

Naturepedic mattresses are sold in fine stores throughout the USA, or you can order online, and for about $35, the mattress will be delived to your door.

No More Yucky Hospital Gowns, Be a Hot Mama!

About a year ago I set up our Twitter account. It opened my eyes to so..many wonderful products on the market for new moms and babies. When I came across the Hot Mama Gown, I was floored. What a cool idea!

The Hot Mama Gown is a beautiful and comfortable alternative to the generic hospital gown. After all, you are creating the miracle of life, you should be dressed for he occasion.

What really impressed me about this gown is that it allows all the access the Hospital or Birthing Center will need; short sleeves for IV’s and blood pressure, a snap open back for epidurals/spinals (allows you to remain covered in the front). The coolest thing is that it is nursing friendly, which a hospital gown is not. There is a built-in panel for each breast, which allow for quick and easy access for breastfeeding. The ribbon tied panels, don’t require you to remove your arm from the gown to nurse, so you can nurse away while your in-laws are in your hospital room, and stay completely covered.

I contacted Deidrea (she invented the Hot Mama Gown) and told her how impressed I was with her idea, and that I had to have one. When my gown came, It exceeded all my expectations, and they were high. It was in one of the nicest boxes I have ever seen. The fabric, made of organic cotton, felt so nice on my skin. The print and colors were spectacular. I will not only be wearing this gown when I deliver baby X, but I will be wearing it for the few weeks afterward, as a great nursing nightgown.

I can’t think of a more thoughtful gift for a baby shower. At a time when everyone is focusing on baby, it is

Makes a great gift. Look at the box!
Makes a great gift. Look at the box!

nice to give Mama something she can feel beautiful and special in on what will be one of the best days of her life, and also a day when a lot of pictures are being taken.

The gowns come in six beautiful prints and cost approximately $150. Times are tough, but this is a definite splurge worth splurging for.

Stay tuned for pics of me on labor day in my Hot Mama Gown

Big Baby Bodyguards Announcement

It is with great joy and excitement to announce that we are expecting an addition this April to the Baby Bodyguard’s family.

Between bouts of nausea and complete exhaustion, I have set out on a fun quest to find Baby Bodyguards “Must Haves”. Products that I didn’t know existed when I was pregnant the first time around, but will definitely be adding to my registry this time.

Stay tuned for product reviews and great giveaways. all part of the Baby Bodyguards Baby Shower Bash, from now till April!

Crunchy Clean Experience, Takes Laundry to the Next Level

We are always getting asked about safe everyday laundry detergent as well as detergent for cloth diapers. I set out on a quest to find a laundry detergent that we could feel comfortable using in our home as well as recommending to our clients. After much research we came across Crunchy Clean.

Crunchy Clean was created by Ashley, a work at home mom. She managed to create a safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly detergent that actually works! It is safe for sensitive skin (which I have) and baby skin.

For those of you cloth diapering. Her diaper detergent is free of enzymes, soap and borax, to help extend the life of your diapers.

There are so… many scents to choose from and all scents are phthalate free. I tried Monkey Fart (smells much sweeter than it sounds) and Bergamot & Tarragon. They were so different, but both equally lovely. There is also an unscented option.

As soon as my package arrived, I rushed to the washing machine to put a load in. I was a bit concerned because the scent was strong. I was super surprised and delighted  when my wash was finished, there was only a hint of wonderful fragrance. Nothing at all overpowering, just perfect and clean.

The best part is, this stuff is super affordable. For $9.50, you get enough detergent for 80 loads in a regular washing maching, and 160 loads in a high efficiency model. You can buy directly at Crunchy Clean. Or on Etsy.

DANGER Electricity and Water = Tragedy

The other day I received an email from a concerned grandmother of ten, and the maker of Tend-A-Tot (check it out, totally cool product), Elizabeth Vouvakis. She wrote Baby Bodyguards, because she was alarmed by the number of homes she visits where electrical appliances are left plugged in near sinks and tubs. She is even more concerned than your average mom/grandma because she personally knows two families, who had young children pull hair dryers into the bathtub and were killed.

It is really important to unplug electrical appliances when not in use and to have outlets covered . It is even more important to install ground-fault circuit interupters on outlets near sinks and bathtubs aka GFCI outlets. With a GFCI outlet, the circuit will trip if water comes in contact with electricity. Please also remember to test your GFCI outlet monthly. On most GFCIs is a statement to “Test Monthly”. That means pushing the test button, seeing that the reset has popped out, seeing that nothing will run using the outlet at that point, and then pushing the reset.