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Cough and Cold Medicine - Not for Children


Makers of over-the-counter cough and cold medicine have responded to the FDA ruling that their products not be given to children under age 4 by removing them from store shelves.  Research has shown these products offer little benefit to young children - and can have potentially serious side effects.  Many cough and cold products for children have more than one ingredient, increasing the chance of accidental overdose if combined with another product.  So without these over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, what’s the best way to treat your toddler’s cold?  Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can reduce aches and pains and a cool mist vaporizer can help loosen congestion.  A simple bulb syringe and saline nasal spray can be used to clear stuffy noses.  Plenty of liquids, especially chicken soup, and rest also help children feel better.  But don’t underestimate the power of TLC.  Your caring and comfort is one of the best medicines for your child.  


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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