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HHS HealthBeat (March 22, 2011)

Not for toddlers and babies

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

The Food and Drug Administration says children younger than 2 years should not get over-the-counter cough and cold medications. FDA says the drugs have not been shown to be safe or effective in children that young. Hundreds of cases of poisoning and even death had been reported.

But a new national survey finds 3 out of 5 parents are still giving OTC cough and cold medications to the kids. At the University of Michigan Medical School, Matthew Davis:

``Parents gave their kids under age 2 medicines that are only available now for kids over age 2.’’ (6 seconds)

Davis says the National Poll on Children’s Health also found about half of parents reported their doctors had said the medicines were safe or effective.

Davis says a lot of learning still has to take place.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2011