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Kids Eat 'Relaxation' Brownies, Go to Hospital

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on May 19, 2011 6:49 AM

In theory, Lazy Cakes, melatonin brownies marketed as a path to relaxation, sound like a great product.

They taste good, they're legal, and they'll mellow you out.

But with a significantly higher dosage of melatonin than recommended for an adult, they're making kids sick.

For an adult, melatonin is considered to be relatively safe and effective for those suffering from insomnia and jetlag.

However, for children, melatonin in adult doses can cause deep sleep, nausea, mood swings, headaches, and digestive problems.

Such an overdose is exactly what happened when, according to Reuters, a 2-year-old in Arizona ate a chunk of melatonin brownie. Though unharmed, his symptoms were severe enough to land him in the hospital.

It turns out that Lazy Cakes' 8 milligrams of melatonin is significantly higher than the recommended dosage for an adult, which ranges from .3 to 3 milligrams.

Though the packaging states that the product is for adults only, Reuters reports that these incidents involving children have prompted the mayors of two Massachusetts towns--Fall River and New Bedford--to seek a ban on the sale of the melatonin brownies.

They're concerned that the product's packaging, which features bright colors and a smiling cartoon brownie, appeal to children, reports ABC News.

Even if these mayors are unable to pass a brownie ban, Lazy Cakes' manufacturer may still be liable for any harm that befalls children eating the product.

Not only do the melatonin brownies cause overdoses in children, but with such a high dosage, they can also cause overdoses in adults.

If that's not sufficiently and unreasonably dangerous for a products liability lawsuit, then what is?

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