Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Changes for Children's Cold Meds

The drug companies are voluntarily adding warning labels to children's cold medications [broken link]. Bowing to pressure from pediatricians and doing what the FDA refuses to, the companies are advising parents to not give cold medications to children under the age of 4.

Parents should:

  • Never give adult medications to the child.
  • Never give antihistamines to help a child sleep.
  • Never give more than one medication that contain the same ingredients (acetaminophen and antihistamines are the worse offenders).
  • Speak to their doctor about potential treatments or medications.
  • Follow directions and warning labels exactly.
  • Keep all medication, over-the-counter and prescription, out of reach and out of sight of children.

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