Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FDA recommends child flow restrictor

Kids do the darndest things--such as helping themselves to more yummy grape cough syrup when Mom turns her back.

That stuff, in particular, is loaded with acetaminophen, which is surprisingly toxic if taken in higher doses. Surpisingly because it's in many, many over the counter preparations--including Tylenol itself.

Now the FDA has approved and will recommend (though not require) a flow restrictor--this prevents tots from squeezing plastic bottles or sucking out medicine.

Apparently scientists at the FDA has been urging this since 2001.

Some of these devices are better than others. Family Dollar has a store brand that is very effective.

Will these come equipped on bottles? That is up to the manufacturers, apparently. But this move by the FDA sends a strong signal--do it.

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