Does Your Child Have a Cold? Watch the Meds
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that children under the age of 2 are at risk for illness or death if they are given prescription or over-the-counter cough and cold medicine.
This follows many other studies, including a 2007 statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics advising that the effectiveness of cough suppressants, Codeine and Dextromethorophan was unproven, and there is a potential for adverse reaction. Later it was recommended that the cough suppressants and other over-the-counter medicines not be recommended in children.
What Do You Do for a Kid’s Cold?
The common cold is a mild, self-limiting condition that will resolve in about seven days, whether it is treated or not. Colds are not caused by a virus, and antibiotics do not work and should not be used to treat colds. Prescription cough and cold medications should not be used in children under the age of 2. Children are not little adults, and your medicine may be very dangerous for them. Always consult a doctor before giving your young child medication.
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