Common Over the Counter Medication for Kids, especially the formulas for coughs and colds can be dangerous to children. Children are not little adults. It seems that though the FDA and manufacturers have indicated a minimum age for the use of such products, parents continue to use them.
It appears that these products clearly indicate they are for children on the front of the packages, but the cautions are on the back in small print. There are serious side effects, some of which are uneven heart rate, anaphylaxis, and hallucinations.
Science Daily ‘Your source for the latest research news’ publishes Science News ‘… from universities, journals, and other research organizations.’ This piece is very short; it warrants more. I could find no person that took credit for the compilation of the material. There is only one source listed and that is Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
There is a link to this piece below and another interesting article at the bottom of this page.
Over the Counter Medication for Kids
“40 Percent of Parents Give Young Kids Cough/Cold Medicine That They Shouldn’t”
“More than 40 percent of parents reported giving their children under age 4 cough medicine or multi-symptom cough and cold medicine, according to the latest University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Twenty-five percent gave those children decongestants.”
“In 2008, the federal Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory that these over-the-counter medicines not be used in infants and children under age 2.”
“In response to the FDA, manufacturers of over-the-counter cough and cold products changed their labels back in 2008, to state that the medicines should not be used for children under 4 years old.”
In case you were not aware, children do not react to medications the same way as adults do. So, Over the Counter Medication for Kids most likely will not work in the same way as it does for parents.
Please read all instructions and cautions before purchasing or using any OTC products for your children. Always consult your primary physician and pediatrician before you take any action. There doesn’t seem to be all that much research information available directly to parents.
Here is your link to more information on OTC cold medications for children…
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