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Study finds parents use cough medicines on under-2s despite the warnings
Date:5/15/2008

ed on children under two, and from September they will only be available to children under two on prescription.

Ms Trajanovska said the survey results reinforced the need for continued education of parents about the safe use of over-the-counter medicines.

Despite the widespread use of over-the-counter medicines for young children, they are not without risks such as side effects or poisoning, she said.

Ms Trajanovska said that in Victoria 0-4 year olds had the highest poisoning admission rates. In emergency departments 16 per cent of these poisonings were due to paracetamol and 11 per cent were caused by cough and cold medicines.

The next stage of Ms Trajanovskas PhD will investigate where parents get their advice on over-the-counter medications.


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