Vapor patches could cause seizures

Company voluntarily recalls Triaminic® Vapor Patches

Recall roundup All Triaminic® Vapor Patches, sold as a topical cough suppressant for children ages 2 and up, are being recalled after multiple reports of children choking or suffering from seizures when they swallow the patches.

The company, Novartis Consumer Health, announced the voluntary recall of the over-the-counter medication, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration. The recall applies to both mentholated cherry scent and menthol scent Triaminic® Vapor Patches.

Apparently, the patches are to be put on the chest or throat of children, so they can inhale the vapors. But kids have removed the patches and swallowed them.

A news release warns consumers to: "immediately discontinue use of this product and return it to their point of purchase for a full refund or discard it." The company has set up a number for questions, (800) 452-0051 or visit

If your child has a problem, please report it to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at], or by calling (800) FDA-1088.

Other recent recalls include:

Curious Buddies Children's Books pose a hazard when the felt ears and limbs come apart. Simon & Schuster recommends cutting off all felt parts. The publishing company will provide a replacement book.

Reebok Children's Windsuit is being recalled because the logo appliqué can detach and a child can choke.

Ruby's Diner's Yo-Yo, included in their kid's meal, poses a hazard when the sides separate, exposing small parts.

Tiffany and Company's Paloma Rattles can break and children can choke on the small beads. The edges of the $195 rattle also cut children.

Toy Guitars by Sino Trading Group sold in flea markets in January break into small parts and are dangerous to young children.

IQ Babies' vehicle, train and activity blocks are being recalled because the wheels can detach and there have been 11 reports of children choking on the $20-$40 toys.

H&M Girl's Water Shoes, have been marketed as water shoes, but they lose traction when wet, especially on smooth surfaces such as tile. As a result, girls can fall.

Sam & Libby Girl's Thong Sandals have two top portions that separate, exposing two metal tacks, which can cut children. These sandals were sold from March to April 2006 for between $12 and $20. To report a problem with a product or to see the complete list of recalls, visit

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