On Saturday the Food and Drug Administration announced that children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl (a total of 43 liquid products) have been voluntarily recalled by McNeil Healthcare, and advise consumers that these products should not be given to children.

If you have these products in your house you should throw them away.

I know that in my family, we have relied on Children’s Tylenol to help our kids sleep when they have a fever and have been sick, and this recall comes as a huge surprise!

Those responsible for the safety of these products are not providing very much information about the reason for the recall. They simply are saying vague things like: “some of these products may not meet required quality standards”.

I suspect that there are children who have been injured as a result of taking these recalled products, but that this information is not being disclosed at this time. Walgreens has apparently already pulled all of the dangerous drugs that were recently recalled from their shelves.

If your child is sick you can consider giving your child generic medications (Tylenol’s generic is acetaminophen) but be sure to give the child dose of the generic drug and not the adult dose. Also, you should not give your child adult medications. Of course if you have recently given your child any of these recalled products and notice adverse effects, you should call your doctor or 911 right away.