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Children’s Panadol Recall: 1-5 Years Suspension Recalled for Quality Reasons

Two batches of Children’s Panadol 1–5 years suspension dispatched by GlaxoSmithKline between September and November have been recalled for quality reasons.

PRA number: 2013/13888

Date published: 5th December 2013

Product description

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in consultation with the TGA, is recalling two batches of Children’s Panadol 1-5 years suspension from pharmacies and hospitals as a small proportion of bottles contain higher levels of paracetamol than specified.

For more detailed information in relation to the recall, please visit the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.

Identifying features

The two affected batches were dispatched from GSK between September and November 2013. The identified batches are:

• Children’s Panadol 1-5 years suspension (strawberry / 200mL) -(identified by JR130869 on the carton and 130869 on the bottle)

• Children’s Panadol 1-5 years suspension (orange / 100mL) – (identified by JR130697 on the carton and 130697 on the bottle)

What are the defects?    

The higher levels of paracetamol in the two affected batches may result in doses that are over the recommended and labelled doses but not to the extent that they pose risks to children when the product is used according to the directions on the label.

What are the hazards?
Incorrect dosage may result in illness.

Where the product was sold?

Traders who sold this product-
Sold in pharmacies over the counter (OTC) and available for use in hospitals

Supplier –
GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd

What should consumers do?

Parents and carers should ensure that they follow the dosing instructions on the label.

As with all medicines, consumers should always read the label and use only as directed.

For Children’s Panadol 1-5 years suspension the label instructs users to:

  • shake bottle, use the measuring device provided to accurately measure the correct dose.
  • this dose may be repeated if necessary, every 4 hours.
  • do not give more than four doses in one day or within any 24-hour period.
  • do not use for more than 48 hours at a time except on medical advice.

If you have given more paracetamol than recommended above, contact the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 131126) or your doctor, or go to the nearest hospital emergency department. Do this even if your child does not seem sick.

If you have a bottle from one of the two affected batches and still have concerns, you can contact GSK on 1800 650 123 (between 8am and 8pm EST). GSK will either organise for a replacement product to be sent to you or, if urgent, GSK can arrange for you to pick up a replacement product from your local pharmacy. Alternatively a refund can be provided.

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 TGA recall advice – Children’s Panadol 1-5 Years.pdf (89.4 KB)

The Only Teacher’s Christmas Gift Guide You’ll Need. EVER.

November 26, 2013 Bel's Blog, Parenting

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Christmas Gift Guide for Teachers

Do you have little ones [or big ones!] in school? Have you dropped them off at their class every day and wondered, with awe, how any sane person could choose to spend 6 hours a day with as many as 30 kids at a time?

As we get closer to the end of the school year many of us are thinking about how we can thank the teachers who taught our kids. How can we show our appreciation to those who took such good care of our children?

This is my 5th year of being a school mum and each year I am incredibly thankful for the investment the teachers made in my boys’ lives and education. Of course I know that it is their job to educate the students in their class and I also know they are paid to do so. I am very fortunate to say that every teacher I have come across has been fundamental to my sons enjoying their time at school. I feel that I owe them a debt of gratitude for and recognition of their insane brave choice to become a teacher.

The thing is, it’s hard to know what to get a teacher… because they’re not like normal people. You see them EVERY DAY and willingly leave your children with them and even discuss your kids behaviour and development but what do you KNOW about them? Do they even have a life outside of school? My kids nearly have a heart attack when they see one of their teachers out doing normal things like food shopping or something. “Oh my God Mum! It’s Mrs Teacher and she’s got COKE in her trolley!!!” Here is a significant person in your family’s daily life and you probably don’t even know if he/she’s got pets, has allergies, likes hip hop or pop, takes sugar in their coffee or lemon in their beer.

So from my own ‘extensive’ experience coupled with a survey of our online community and some input from some teachers I know, here’s the only Christmas Gift Guide you’ll need for teachers. EVER:

  1. A box of special tea or gourmet coffee. You will need to find out if your teacher is a tea or coffee drinker and then package something delicious up for them. You could even present it in a mug or tea-pot [though word on the street is they get A LOT of mugs!]
  2. A potted plant. Something that they can either keep on their desk, like a gorgeous succulent, or that they can plant in their garden at home like a rose bush or dwarf lemon tree.
  3. Gold Class tickets to the movies. This gift may be a bit pricey but if you’ve ever been, you’ll know it’s AWESOME! Could be a good idea for a class gift.
  4. Keepsake Christmas Decorations. Sometimes just a personal card and a unique Christmas decoration for the tree is a perfect thank-you gift. Country Road, House & Garden and speciality gift shops always have a great range of glass or metal ornaments.
  5. A gift card. Think of something generic like an itunes voucher or something indulgent like a spa or a manicure/pedicure. Just make sure that any massage voucher is from the ‘right’ kind of massage parlour… you don’t want to be known as ‘THAT mum’! Again, this could be a class gift if out of your price range.
  6. Wine/Beer/Gin. Who wouldn’t want to relax with an alcoholic beverage [or several] after a year of taking care of 25 school-aged kids?? A bit of non-weird stalking may be helpful here to find out what their tipple is [and if they even drink!]. A nice idea for male teachers who enjoy a drink is a six pack of boutique beers.
  7. A vase. It sounds simple but a vase is something that could be used at home or in the class room. Nothing too big, just enough to fit in the posies of hand-picked flowers I always see other mums bring in.
  8. Hand cream. Think something that they wouldn’t indulge in themselves like Crabtree and Evelyn or Jurlique.
  9. A magazine subscription. This is the gift that keeps on giving and a favourite choice of mine for many people. If it’s a bit pricey for your budget, it could be a great class gift or you could just get a collection of the latest in a genre [cooking, fashion, fishing, gardening]. Suitable for both male and female teachers.
  10. A foodie gift pack. Gourmet jams, sauces or spices is always a great idea particularly during the festive season and is suitable for male and female teachers.

Some other tips you should may like to consider are:

  1. Teachers get a lot of chocolate. LOTS. If you’re pressed for time and money, this seems like a great option, especially when Lindt balls are half price at Woolies but WARNING – they could get lost in the noise of all the other boxes or left in the staff room until next year!
  2. Your child is special… but that doesn’t mean their teacher wants a framed photo of them. Think about it. There are 2 dozen ‘special’ kids in their class and next year there’ll be another 2 dozen. What are they seriously going to do with a photo of your kid?
  3. A hand-crafted gift from a child is an incredibly thoughtful gift… but possibly not very practical. They have just spent ALL YEAR crafting with your child and sending that stuff home. A gorgeous, hand-made card may be just as thoughtful – and easier to store!
  4. Scented candles are an absolute fave of mine but proceed with caution… some scents can make the receiver gag or give them a headache so if you’re unsure, stay clear.

And finally, if you are not in a position to contribute to a class gift or buy one yourself, a simple heart-felt card of thanks would be genuinely appreciated.

I’ve even found the perfect quote for you…

An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. (Carl Jung)


URGENT RECALL: Panadol Syringe Dosing Device for Children’s Panadol 1 Month – 2 Years (Baby Drops)

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is initiating a recall of Children’s Panadol Baby Drops Syringe dosing device due to possible inaccurate placement of the dosing indicator on the syringe.

Following initial investigations, this appears to be a rare incident and a low safety risk, however in the best interests of consumer safety and in consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), we have decided to undertake a voluntary recall.

GSK is requesting that consumers check their Children’s Panadol Baby Drops product that comes with a syringe. If you are uncertain if your syringe is affected please consult your pharmacist. If the syringe is incorrect it should be returned to the pharmacy or the consumer can call the GSK Product Information line on 1800 650 123.
It is important to note that the Children’s Panadol liquid within the bottle is safe to use. The only component impacted is the syringe, no other Children’s Panadol or Panadol products are affected. Therefore, consumers may choose to dispose of the incorrect syringe and continue using the product with another suitable syringe.
Dosing indicators on the Children’s Panadol Baby Drops syringe begin from the bottom of the syringe, near the tip (as seen in the bottom picture below).

“If a child has been dosed using an incorrect syringe following the label instructions, there is a low risk to the health of the child,” Dr Andrew Yeates, Medical Director GSK Australia said.

“However if you have any concerns that your child may have received too much Children’s Panadol®, or If an overdose is taken or suspected, ring the Poisons Information Centre (Australia131 126) or go to the hospital immediately even if your child feels well because of the risk of delayed, serious liver damage if left untreated.
“Pharmacists and doctors have been advised of the situation and have been asked to apply clinical judgement should a patient experience a worsening of their symptoms,” said Dr. Andrew Yeates.
As the manufacturer, GSK is conducting a thorough investigation and appropriate actions are being taken to ensure that this situation does not occur again.
Patient safety, quality and continued supply of medicines to consumers and patients are key objectives of GSK.
When using Panadol® ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. Use only as directed. For the temporary relief of pain and fever. Incorrect use could be harmful. Consult your healthcare professional if symptoms persist.

Being a mother is not the most important job in the world but…

November 21, 2013 Bel's Blog, Parenting


Let me start by saying I am NOT taking on Catherine Deveny.


And these are the reasons why.

1. Because I really like and respect her [as a writer and particularly after seeing her on the SBS program, Go Back to Where You Came From] and 2. Because there’s no way I could come out unscathed… so I pick my battles. VERY carefully.

But her recent article {here} made me feel uncomfortable. Just a bit, but uneasy nonetheless. To be fair, I agree with much of what she said and I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with her assertion that being a mother is NOT, by any means, the toughest job in the world. It does not compare to many, many other far harder/tougher jobs performed throughout the world – whether you’re a working mother OR a stay at home mother or a guardian or a father or a carer. She is right and most of the mothers I know would also concur.

However, if I was taking Catherine Deveny on [which I am not], I would argue that it is MORE than just a relationship. It is certainly a job to care for your children. I have a relationship with my sister but I’m not listed as her ‘In case of emergency’ person. The person most responsible for her is. Her mother is. And her father.

Do mothers actually say ‘being a mother is the most important job in the world’? Sadly, yes some do. Some sprout it at school coffee mornings and playgroup and on social media to justify their own decisions, yearnings, sacrifices and losses. However, most [that I know at least] do not.

In fact, the most common declarations I hear in my circle are:

“Being a mother is the most boring/relentless/exhausting/thankless/rewarding/mundane/gratifying/shitfully draining job I have ever done” And I would not be talking out of school to say that I have heard that all said over the period of one night with a group of mothers playing hookey with a bottle or 4 of sav blanc under their muffin tops.

I personally have said all of that. One trillion times. I have also said this. Being a mother is the most important job I HAVE EVER DONE. Because it is true. Because I have never had to run a country or be a judge or perform brain surgery or research a cure for cancer or counsel a child who has been abused. Because in my entire life, I have NEVER done anything more important than raising my kids. More stimulating? Sure. More respected? Probably. Critical to the bottom line of a business? Yep. Better paid? Abso-f*cking-lutely.

But more important? Not to me. Not to my husband. And not to my kids.

And this is where it all gets a bit grey for me. For… whilst I agree that being a mother [or carer or father etc, etc] is not the most important job in THE world, I believe that raising good people IS. Our children are the next generation of our world. They will grow into adults who will become the caretakers of our universe and our animals and our cultures and our history and the generation of children to follow. So with that in mind, ALL that are involved in this vital function of our future should also believe that it is, in fact, incredibly important. If there is a parent or carer or guardian [of any kind and regardless of how they came to be one] who has committed to taking their ‘job’ as the most important in their life,we should support them – NOT tease them.  Not try to ‘out’ them or ‘outdo’ them.

It is our job, our responsibility and our obligation to do our very best to raise our very best.

Is it not?


If you like this, check out these other great posts from Seventies Baby:

This post originally appeared at Seventies Baby – a gloves-off perspective of womanhood, parenting and modern family life in a world obsessed with being perfect and politically correct. It has been republished with full permission.

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Not all vacuum cleaners were created equal. Today I learnt why.

I have to admit, I’ve never been really too fussed when it comes to vacuum cleaners.  I mean, as long as they clean the floors they’ve done a good job. Right?

I’ve heard a lot of people raving about Dyson vacuum cleaners over the years and to be honest, never really understood why.  There’s like a fan club of Dyson Devotees and I was curious to know what all the noise was about.  How can a vacuum cleaner be THAT good?  Seriously.  It’s a vacuum cleaner!

So when I was asked to road test one in my own home and write a review, I thought… Perfect! We’ll see then, won’t we?!

Well I have to say, I learnt a thing or three about what happens when you mix clever technology with 20 years of research and development. Throw in smart design and you’ve got yourself the Dyson DC54.

You might have guessed by now that I haven’t kept up with the latest vacuum technology.  I’ve got an old Miele Cat & Dog which I’ve had for about 7 years and runs on the ‘old-school’ dust-bag process but it does the job.  So, pulling the Dyson out of the box was my first surprise.  It looked almost ‘space age’ and certainly didn’t resemble anything like a typical vacuum cleaner. It was sexy. Did I just call a vacuum sexy? Ahem!  Righto, let’s get this baby cranking!

Putting it together was easy even though there are a surprising number of floor attachments and a turbo head to beat the carpet pile and get the dust out from deep down. Once she was on she was gliding over the floors effortlessly.  Definitely different to what I was used to.  No more yanking on the hose to get the cleaner to follow! The machine sits on a ball design so there’s a lower centre of gravity making it far more nimble to move around the house than traditional machines. I can almost hear my skirting boards breathing a sigh of relief!

My 2 year old was even more excited than me and I had to fight him for it. This machine is cool and he wanted IN.  He’s a bit obsessed with vacuums, though more so the smaller hand-held one we have, but he wanted to try this one so I handed it over.  Good news for me, the kid’s a natural!  The ‘wand’ with the turbo head is ridiculously light which meant he was able to manage it himself really well.  He was off and even he was pulling the machine around with no effort. Goes to show how lightweight and easy to manoeuvre it really is.

At home we’ve got parquetry floors through most of our house so I need something that is great on both hard floors and carpets.  I don’t have time to swap heads as I move through the house. Get in and get out is my motto! Time is precious and don’t want to be spending any more time cleaning than I need to.

I loved the turbine head which is made from carbon fibre so on carpet the stiff nylon bristles remove dirt and on hard floors, like my parquetry, the ultra fine antistatic carbon fibre filaments remove dust.  And they do that so well, especially along the skirting boards where I’m often going back for a second run through with my existing vacuum because the head doesn’t have strong suction on the sides.

Another thing I really liked is that you don’t need to adjust the head of the vacuum to go from hard to soft floors.  No more bending down or stepping on the head to adjust the settings.  It’s automatic.  Almost like it does the thinking for you.

I’ve seen and heard a lot about the cyclonic action and bag-free vacuums, but was super impressed when I had finished vacuuming the house and discovered just how much dust and dirt the machine had sucked up. Seriously incredible. Now I wonder just how much my existing machine is missing!  I can only imagine how valuable this would be in a household with asthma or sensitivities.   No bag means no more cost and with no filters you’ll never need to clean or replace them EVER.


One push of the button and the whole central housing came out. Took it to the bin, flicked a button and the bottom drops open to release all the dust and dirt.  GONE.  Sooo therapeutic.

They’re pretty thorough on their testing and development which I reckon is why they make such an amazing machine (and have earned such a seriously good reputation). I was really apprehensive going into this, wondering what the fuss was all about.

Now I get it.  It’s not just a vacuum cleaner, it’s a whole new way of cleaning.  Proper cleaning.

I think I’ve just joined the Dyson Devotees.


Thanks to Dyson, we’ve got 1 of these babies for one of our members to review!  Simply click here to apply for the project and you could be putting your own DC54 through their paces!

Founder of the Australian Baby Bargains and Mum Central networks, Belinda’s passionate about connecting, supporting and providing relevant and valuable information to parents around the country.

Test drive your own Dyson Digital Cyclonic DC54

Thanks to our friends at Dyson, we’re giving one lucky member the chance to test drive their own Dyson Digital Cyclonic DC54 just like Belinda did here.  To apply, simply complete the form below and you’re in the running!

Dyson DC54 Product Review

Peppa Pig LIVE Mega Ticket Giveaway

Peppa Pig is coming to town and we’re having a Mega Ticket Giveaway to celebrate!

In this beautiful new theatrical production, Peppa Pig and her friends set off on a treasure hunt. Peppa, her brother George and friend Danny Dog get up to fun and games on a day out on Grandad Dog’s boat. There are clues aplenty as Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra help them find their treasure as they all enjoy a day of adventure. Full sail, ahoy!

PEPPA PIG LIVE! TREASURE HUNT features true-to-life puppets, operated by talented puppeteer/ musical theatre performers singing live and forming an integral part of the show. Young Peppa Pig fans in Australia will be charmed and delighted with perfect sing-along-songs and new adventures that end happily with loud snorts of laughter.

For more information, tickets and tour dates please visit:    

Tickets to be won for the following shows:

★  5 x Family Passes for 4 – Thursday 5th December at 10am at Dunstan Theatre, Adelaide
★  5 x Family Passes for 4 – Thursday 5th December at 12.30pm at Dunstan Theatre, Adelaide
★  5 x Family Passes for 4  – Friday 31st January at 10am at Canberra Theatre, Canberra
★  5 x Family Passes for 4  – Tuesday 10th December at 4pm at QUT Gardens Theatre, Brisbane
★  1 x Family Pass for 4  – Wednesday 5th February at 4pm at Theatre Royal, Hobart
★  1 x Family Pass for 4  – Friday 24th January at 1pm, Regal Theatre, Perth

Sydney & Melbourne, don’t despair! We’ve got a special giveaway for you – click here!

Peppa Pig LIVE Mega Ticket Giveaway

PRODUCT RECALL: Coles Christmas One Metre Bear

Coles are recalling their one metre tall plush bears in both dark brown and white colour variants with a red ribbon on the neck.

Identifying features

Item Code: 7728738
Batch code: 31/07/13

What are the defects?

The toys may liberate polyester fill during use as they do not comply with the mandatory standard for toys for children up to and including 36 months of age (Australian Standard AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2003, as amended by the regulation).

What are the hazards?

Polyester fill may present a choking hazard if ingested by infants.

Dates available for sale

  • 1st October 2013 – 8th November 2013

Where the product was sold

  • Nationally

Traders who sold this product

Coles Supermarkets and Bi-Lo Stores


Coles Supermarket Pty Ltd

Supplier’s web site

What should consumers do?

Cease using the product immediately. Consumers should return the goods to their nearest Coles supermarket or Bi-Lo store to obtain a refund.

Adelaide Measles Outbreak

If you’ve been to the Mt Barker Farmers Markets, Morphettville Medical Centre, Kirinari Community School or Plympton Family Practice this week, be aware 6 kids came back from Bali and may have triggered a measles outbreak. 

AN extended family has fallen ill with the highly infectious measles virus after a trip to Bali, prompting an urgent public health warning.

Key suburbs at risk include Mt Barker, Glenelg East, Unley and Plympton.

Six people from an metropolitan Adelaide family have come down with the disease prompting SA Health to remind travellers to make sure their vaccinations are up to date before heading overseas.

More info here:

Apply to Roadtest Oricom’s Secure 610 Digital Baby Monitor


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