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Do Not Give Decongestants to Your Children for Common Cold Symptoms, Say Experts

Summary by Dr. Joseph Mercola

There is no evidence that decongestants, with or without antihistamines or analgesics, work for cold symptoms, and they should never be given to children under age 6, experts say. Use caution for kids age 6 to 12, MedicalXpress warns, as the safety of giving these over-the-counter drugs (OTCs) to children is questionable. As far as efficacy goes, there is only a small evidence that they work, even with adults. For the record, most cold symptoms run their course in seven to 10 days. Since...

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