There's nothing worst than watching your baby deal with a cold, or worse yet, the flu.
While there are hundreds of child-friendly medications on the market to help fight off illness, finding one that your child will tolerate can be a task in and of itself. Because moms and dads depend on cold medications to remedy the problem, it's obviously more than a little alarming when those meds actually make things worse.
Alison Smith's four-month-old son, Jensen, was on the rebound from a bout of sickness when she purchased a bottle of Galpharm Junior Ibuprofen Suspension and gave him the recommended dose of 2.5 ml.
Because the child protested taking the ibuprofen, these parents decided to try the cold medicine to see what all the fuss was about. The mother quickly felt her cheeks and tongue go numb. After that, she noticed that a rash started to develop. Her partner noticed the same side effects.
The parents grew concerned because their little guy had taken a larger dose than either of them tried. Baby Jensen nodded off to sleep and appeared "floppy." To their horror, Mom and Dad realized that he couldn't be woken up.
Unsure of what to do, they quickly called emergency services before rushing their son to a local hospital. The medical staff were able to wake the tiny tot, who was grumpy and disoriented, but otherwise okay.
Alison contacted both the Tesco store where she purchased the meds and the manufacturer.
As a result more, than 80,000 bottles of the children's medicine were removed from Tesco store shelves. Tests conducted by the manufacturer concluded that the medicine was safe to return to stores. Representatives for the brand claimed that there was no direct correlation between the medicine and baby Jensen's coma-like reaction.