We all do it...a child wakes up with a bad cough and we go to the drug store or the medicine cabinet to try an easy fix first. But a new report by the Centers for Disease Control serves as a reminder about the potential dangers linked to over the counter remedies.
According to the CDC in 2005 three infants under six months died from the toxic effects of cough and cold medicines and more than 1,500 coughing kids landed in the emergency room after treatment at home.
The CDC says the take home message for parents and caregivers is that children under age two should never be given cough and cold medicine unless directed by a physician and even for older kids, it's a good idea to check with a doctor or pharmacist first before you take the advice of a friend or what you saw on a commercial and just try something over the counter.
The CDC adds don't ever mix medicines like a pain reliever and cough medicine without some direction from your doctor. Because some contain the same ingredients which means a double dose and the increased risk of an overdose.