After weeks of speculation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took the additional step of recommending that cold and cough medicines used by parents for generations no longer be administered to children under six.
While the resolution of the FDA is "not binding," it will surely impact how such medications are marketed, displayed and used.
The recommendation applies to medications containing any of the following ingredients: decongestants, antitussives (against cough) and antiistamines.
Not only to the over-the-counter medicines for cough and colds apparently not work for kids, but there are documented incidents of the meds leading to death in the recipient kids (generally due to parental misuse).
In a separate action, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently backed a petition by pediatricians urging banning such medications from kids under six.
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