The Food and Drug Administration has cautioned breastfeeding mothers to avoid using Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream, as it contains two ingredients that may cause respiratory distress, vomiting and diarrhea in infants.
The cream, which is used to relieve dry, cracked nipples, is marketed by Mom Enterprises, is based in San Rafael, Calif.
Chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol are the suspect ingredients in the nipple cream. Mothers and caregivers should seek medical help if a baby has a loss of appetite, is hard to awaken, has limpness of extremities or a decrease in strength of grip and a change in skin color, the FDA said.
"The FDA is particularly concerned that nursing infants are being unwittingly exposed by their mothers to this product with dangerous side effects," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director, FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Additionally, these two ingredients may interact with one another to further compound and increase the risk of respiratory depression in nursing infants."
For more information, see the FDA warning.
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