12,000 bottles of Mylicon gas drops were pulled off shelves today over concerns that some of the bottles could contain pieces of metal. The recalled bottles are from lots SMF007 and SMF008. You can find these numbers printed on the bottom of the box and on the lower-left side of the sticker on each bottle.
For information on how to dispose of the drops and obtain a refund or replacement, call 800-222-9435 or visit Mylicon.
One lesson here is that no matter what we give to our children there are always associated risks. Even reliable brands like Mylicon fall subject to human (or mechanical) error. And we shouldn’t be dispensing to our babies what isn’t absolutely necessary.
This raises the question: Are gas drops necessary?
As a pediatric gastroenterologist who spends most of his waking hours contemplating gas, I can’t say that they are. Remember that most gas in babies is a consequence of air swallowing. This can occur during feeding from a poor latch or an inappropriately matched bottle system. Air swallowing can also result from crying due to the pain of gastroesophageal reflux or allergy. In these latter cases the amount of air swallowed is significant enough not to be broken down by a few drops of simethicone.
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