Report: Cold Medicine and Babies Don't Mix

An infant with the sniffles might keep you up at night, but according to a new study giving them a shot of cold medicine can be a dangerous quick-fix. In fact, government research shows it could be deadly. Amanda Gardner of HealthDay News reports:
"Cold and cough medications, especially medications containing pseudoephedrine [a nasal decongestant], have never been shown to have any beneficial effect on children less than 2 years of age, yet they clearly can have significant harmful effects," said Dr. Michael Marcus, director of pediatric pulmonology, allergy and immunology at the Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital in New York City.


"There are no studies to support the use of cold medicine in infants," said Dr. Gwen Wurm, director of community pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "The thing to keep in mind is that colds go away. Kids might benefit from a humidifier by the bed and saline nose drops, but this kind of loving care is all most kids need."
Remind me to thank my father for not giving me cold medicine when I was a baby—although I’m not sure putting a close pin on my nose was great parenting either.
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Glenville - January 15, 2007 9:24 AM

so glad you posted this! sometimes it's so hard to stick to my instincts when everyone else (from my in-laws to my friends) think cough medication AND antibiotics (can you believe some doctors still prescribe this w/o sufficient knowledge that the cold is bacterial in origin?) are the way to cure a cold.

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