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Home Wellness Research Prescription Cautions Cough and Cold Medicines Lethal for Children

Cough and Cold Medicines Lethal for Children

Monday, 03 November 2008 16:40
"After investigating the deaths of three infants between 1 and 6 months of age linked to cough and cold medication use, officials with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are emphasizing that these drugs should be used only after talking with a physician....For each of the three dead infants, a medical examiner or coroner determined that the cough and cold medications were the underlying causes of death...During 2004 and 2005, approximately 1500 children less than 2 years old were treated in US emergency departments for adverse events associated with cough and cold medications."

"In an editorial note, the CDC says controlled trials indicate that cough and cold medications are no more effective than placebo in children younger than 2 years of age.Furthermore, the American College of Chest Physicians in 2006 released clinical practice guidelines for management of cough, advising clinicians to refrain from recommending cough suppressants.Safer and probably more effective treatments for young patients' symptoms include softening nasal secretions with saline nose drops or a cool-mist humidifier, then clearing nasal congestion with a rubber suction bulb." - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jan 11

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/550662?sssdmh=dm1.238777&src=nldne

Read more about the many advers effects of drugs on children here: http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/categories/Pharmaceutical-Drugs/