Should You Be Giving Your Kids Cough Medicine?

April 23, 2013  |  

Remember Chris Rock’s joke about his parents solving all the kids’ health problems with the ‘Tussin? A study from the University of Michigan finds there are plenty of parents who follow the Rocks, and it’s not so good for kids.

In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration announced infants and toddlers under age 2 years old shouldn’t take cough and cold medications. The FDA then pushed drug companies to provide information on the packaging that indicates children under 4 years old shouldn’t them These medications are labeled children medications but the fine print has more of the restrictions parents should be paying attention to. Despite that announcement, University of Michigan researchers found more than 40 percent of parents give children medicine they shouldn’t be taking. These over the counter medications don’t actually reduce the time kids are sick and can even have dangerous side effects like nausea, constipation, uneven heart rate and even convulsions.

Researchers recommend parents and caregivers read that fine print very carefully and consult pediatricians when their kids get the sniffles.

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