The American Academy of Pediatrics says you shouldn't be giving over the counter cough and cold medicine to kids under 2-years old. However, the bottle simply says, ask a doctor in the 2 year old column. That's because the medicine used be to considered safe for even the tiniest babies. After severe side effects, including death, the recommendation changed. Some pediatricians say not to give it to kids under 6 years old.
Now, a study shows that many parents are confused about how to read drug labels and still think it's appropriate for young children to take these medicines.