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Parents Continue to Give Cough and Cold Meds to Young Kids, Despite Warnings

Over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold products have been linked to the poisoning or death of hundreds of small children, and the medicines are not even effective at relieving symptoms in children.  In 2008, the U.S. FDA formally recommended that OTC cough and cold products not be given to children under age 2.

However, a recent poll shows that 61 percent of parents of children aged 2 and younger gave their children OTC cough and cold medicine within the past year. In fact, more than half of parents reported that their child's doctor said the OTC cough and cold medications would be safe and effective.

PharmPro reports:

“When deciding whether to use an OTC medicine ... [f]ifty-six percent of parents say having their child's health care provider recommend the medicine was very important.”

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