Kids and Cold Medicine...Still Dumb

Is cold medicine effective at treating children with coughs and colds? Yes. According to Dr. Fuhrman they’re just as effective as placebos. He explains:
A head-to-head comparison between placebo and cough remedies showed that the placebo worked just as well. All children improved significantly by day three, and there was no difference among the three treatment groups in any symptom parameter.1
Maybe this is why back in October the FDA wanted to ban over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for young kids. HealthDay News was on it:
Such a ban already has the support of safety experts at the FDA, who published a 365-page review last month that showed decongestants and antihistamines have been linked with 123 pediatric deaths since 1969.
And now the FDA has issued a public health advisory stating that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines shouldn’t be given to infants and small children. This time, Amanda Gardner of HealthDay News is on it:
Although concern about the safety of these medications when used in the very young has been widely aired in recent months, FDA officials said they were concerned the public wasn't getting the message.


"We strongly recommend that over-the-counter cough and cold products should not be used in young children under 2, because serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur from use of these products," Dr. Charles Ganley, director of the FDA's Office of Nonprescription Products, said during a morning news conference. "We have not come to a final decision on the use of cough and cold products in children aged 2 to 11 and continue to work within [the] FDA to arrive at a decision."

"We were concerned that parents would continue to use these products in children under 2, even with all the publicity," Ganley added.
No doubt, this will certainly be the end of the world for some parents who simply can’t deal with a sniffling child because it interferes with their shopping at the mall 1. Taylor JA, Novack AH, Almquist JR, Rogers JE. Efficacy of cough suppressants in children. J Pediatr 1993 122;(5 Pt1):799-802.
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