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Getting Over OTCs

Getting Over OTCs

With cold and flu season on the horizon, drug companies have finally admitted that children under 4 should not be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines.  The announcement comes about a week after the FDA found little evidence that the remedies even work on kids that young, but decided against a ban out of fear that parents would then give their little ones adult medicines instead.

Pediatricians have been calling for a ban on marketing cough and cold remedies for children under 6.  While that isn’t happening anytime soon (the FDA is still investigating and it could take up to a year for their final verdict), the drug companies have at least agreed to add a warning to their products that parents should not give children antihistamines to make them sleepy (as sad as it is, we do know parents who have resorted to this tactic.)

Bad reactions to OTC cough and cold medicines send some 7,000 children to hospital emergency rooms each year, with symptoms including hives, drowsiness, and unsteady walking. Many kids overdose by taking medicines when their parents aren't looking.

Share your tips to weathering the cold and flu season, and let us know how you keep your kids comfortable and healthy without OTCs.

Posted: 10/7/08
AnnieChance

Never, ever, ever share a cup, a fork, a straw or any other item that goes into someone else's mouth. That's a surefire way to spread colds.

LauraLee311

The best thing you can do is wash your hands, wash your hands, and oh ... wash your hands. Not OCD-style, where you have to wash them 20 times in one setting, but just wash them once thoroughly and frequently.