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Cold Meds Not Safe for Kids Under 2, FDA Warns
Date:1/17/2008

lth Staff, had this advice for those caring for children over the age of 2:

  • Always remember that these medications do not cure colds, they don't shorten the time the child has the cold and are only meant to help a child's symptoms.
  • If you choose to give medication, look at the active ingredients' section of the label and what symptoms each active ingredient is intended to treat.
  • Be very careful in giving more than one over-the-counter cough and cold medication to your child. Remember that many OTC cough and cold products have multiple medications in them. If you use two medications with similar active ingredients, this could hurt a child.
  • Make sure to carefully follow directions on the label.
  • Only use the dropper or cup that comes with the medicines, not household measuring devices.
  • If you have the opportunity to use cough and cold medicines with childproof safety caps, you should do so.
  • Store all medicines out of the reach of children.
  • Call your physician or pharmacist or other health provider if you have any questions regarding the use of these medications in children 2 years or older.

"We're not trying to dictate the practice of medicine. We understand that health providers on an individual basis have to make certain decisions based on the facts presented to them, but we do need to recognize that there have been reports of serious adverse events in the less-than-2 age group related to misdosing and in attempting to choose the correct product," Ganley said. "Clearly, there have been instances where more than one product was used or it was not clear to the parent as to what the ingredients are in the products."

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