Over-the-Counter Medicine Not Safe for Kids Under 2

cough-medicineIf you have a child who’s 2-years-old, hold off on that spoonful of medicine.  In 2008, a research study linked over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to poisoning and deaths in kids 2-years-old and younger.  The research also showed the medicines didn’t alleviate symptoms of illness.

Based on the research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) warned parents against giving OTC  medication to kids of that age range.  Despite the warning, a national poll conducted with 300 parents revealed that 61% were still giving OTC medicine to kids 6 months to 2-years-old.  More than half of the parents also revealed their doctors saying the medicines were safe and effective for younger kids.

While the expertise of a medical professional is important, pediatricians and parents should take heed that OTC medication can be dangerous for younger kids.  To medicate your child safely, always consult USDA guidelines or ask for prescribed medicine that’s not purchased over the counter. 


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