Dollar General's Baby Gripe Water Recalled Over Choking Hazard

Parents may have got more than they bargained for with Dollar General's Gripe Water. The company has sent out a press release recalling the Kingston Pharma product due to concerns of a possible choking hazard. According to a release on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the product could cause "sensitive individuals" to have difficulty swallowing because of an "undissolved ingredient, citrus flavonoid."

Gripe water is commonly used by parents to treat symptoms of stomach discomfort in young children, especially babies. The ingredients in the store-bought product often contain glucose, and a mixture of herbs thought to aid the digestive system and provide relief. Dollar General's Gripe Water is formulated using ginger and fennel extracts.

The company is stressing that not all bottles of the product are being recalled, but only those marked with the UPC code 8 5495400246 3. Kingston Pharma made the decision to recall the medicine after they were made aware of an incident involving a 1-week-old baby who began to have trouble swallowing after being given a dose. Three more complaints seemed to identify the cause of the issue as the undissolved citrus flavonoid, explained the retail giant.

Dollar General's Baby Gripe Water
Credit: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The press release which can be read in full on the Food and Drug Administration's website, calls for a voluntary recall and urges users to report any and all adverse reactions to both themselves and the FDA. Anyone that has the product in their medicine cabinets should instantly stop using it and throw it away; although not everyone may have an adverse reaction, it's not worth taking the risk.

Gripe, also known as colic, can be difficult to soothe in babies. Infants particularly effected can cry for several hours a day over the course of a few days or even weeks, says Healthline. Other common ingredients in different brands of gripe water include chamomile, licorice, cinnamon, and lemon balm, all designed to help the child to pass gas and banish stomach pain for good. Some mixtures also contain a small amount of alcohol.

If you've shopped at Dollar General recently be sure to check your bottles for the previously mentioned UPC number.

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