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Baby Health Myths Every Parent Should Know

Grandparents, friends, and society flood parents with well-meaning advice, but how can Mom and Dad be sure they are receiving accurate information? With help from Dr. Andrew Adesman and his book "Baby Facts", we separate baby myths from reality.
giving baby antibiotics The Truth About Over-the-Counter Meds

Myth: Over-the-counter children's cough/cold remedies offer safe, speedy recovery and achieve faster cures than letting a cold run its normal course.

Reality: Cold and cough medicines are not recommended for children under 4 years of age.

Dr. Adesman Explains: "Over-the-counter baby medications have increasingly gotten 'blacklisted' from a pediatric standpoint. Parents feel better about doing something rather than nothing, but in reality, the medications don't work that well and are not necessary. Accidental overdose is another serious risk."

Editor's Note: From an October 2008 report the FDA recommends that no over-the-counter cough and cold medicines be given to children under 6.