Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cough and Cold Medicine

Over the counter cough and cold medicines for children were pulled from store shelves last fall over concerns that they were not only ineffective for young children, but also deadly.

Today, The Food and Drug Administration gave their official conclusion on the issue.
They say the remedies should not be given to infants or children under the age of two.

An FDA decision on whether the medicines are safe for children between the ages of three and six will be made later this spring.

My boys all have runny noses and are getting coughs. So I looked up the list of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines that you shouldn't give your kids.

Here's your reminder to print this off and stick the list on your frig:

According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the cough and cold medicines that are in question are:

  • Dimetapp(R) Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops,

  • Dimetapp(R) Decongestant Infant Drops,

  • Little Colds(R) Decongestant Plus Cough,

  • Little Colds(R) Multi-Symptom Cold Formula,

  • PEDIACARE(R) Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine),

  • PEDIACARE(R) Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine),

  • PEDIACARE(R) Infant Dropper Decongestant (containing phenylephrine),

  • PEDIACARE(R) Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough,

  • PEDIACARE(R) Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (containing phenylephrine),

  • Robitussin(R) Infant Cough DM Drops,

  • Triaminic(R) Infant & Toddler Thin Strips(R) Decongestant,

  • Triaminic(R) Infant & Toddler Thin Strips(R) Decongestant Plus Cough,

  • TYLENOL(R) Concentrated Infants' Drops Plus Cold,

  • TYLENOL(R) Concentrated Infants' Drops Plus Cold & Cough

-NewsAnchorMom Jen


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