Colic Remedy May Contain Parasite

Parents should not give their babies a liquid herbal supplement called Apple-Flavored Baby's Bliss Gripe Water, sold as a remedy for colic and teething pain, because it may contain a parasite that can cause diarrhea and intestinal infections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

Tests on several bottles of apple-flavored Baby's Bliss Gripe Water tested positive for Cryptosporidium, which may have sickened a 6-week-old baby in Minnesota. To date, that baby is the only one with a reported illness possibly linked to the supplement, the Associated Press reported.

The product is distributed in the United States by MOM Enterprises of San Rafael, Calif. The company has recalled about 17,600 bottles sold through the Internet and at retail stores across the country. The recall covers 4-ounce bottles with the code 26952V and an expiration date of October 2008. Consumers can call the company at 877-457-4955 for more information.

The FDA advised parents to throw out any of the product they have and to consult a pediatrician if the product was consumed by a child who seems sick, the AP reported.