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UPDATE: Mother issues warning after infant almost dies from Bonjela overdose, company warns product NOT safe for under 16s




A mother in New Zealand has urged parents to be cautious after her infant daughter almost died from a suspected bonjela overdose.

Jessica Vermunt was administering the soothing ointment to her daughter Athena to treat her teething pains but was forced to rush the 7-month-old to hospital in Auckland after she became seriously ill.

Doctors rushed to save the child’s life and Vermunt who took to social media to warn parents stating citing a warning in the UK from 2009 that said nobody under the age of 16 should use bonjela unless the firm that makes it removes its active ingredient.
“The active ingredient in bonjela will turn your baby’s blood acidic and cause complete renal failure.”
Vermunt continued

“I’m aware that she had more than normal but the point remains that this has the potential to kill your child and there is no real information or warnings about the severity of it. I had been at the doctors four hours before she was rushed to hospital not breathing or responding to anything. The doctor was aware of the amount of bonjela she was having and didn’t think it was of concern at all.”
In the UK, NHS guidelines in relation to the use of bonjela state

“The gel remains a safe treatment for people over age 16. The company that makes the gel also has an alternative product called, “bonjela Teething Gel” that does not contain salicylate and is safe for use in children from two months of age.”
Numerous other health safety bodies including the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have said bonjela should not be used by under 16s.

Reckitt Benckiser, the company the produces the product issued a statement saying

“We have been made aware of an incident relating to bonjela in New Zealand. Our New Zealand team are actively investigating this case and have reached out to the mother. ‘The health and safety of our consumers is a top priority for us. Our products are fully compliant and formulated to each market’s requirement for ingredients.”

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