FDA Recommends No Cold Medicine for Young Children - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/19/07

FDA Recommends No Cold Medicine for Young Children

After nearly a week of panel discussion, Friday the FDA recommended that over-the-counter cold and cough medicines should not be given to kids under the age of six.

The panel found there's no evidence that they are even effective in fighting colds or coughs, but they can be dangerous if not given correctly.

The FDA review found some decongestants and antihistamines have been responsible for the deaths of more than 100 kids in the last 35 years. So now, hundreds of parents are calling their pediatricians with the same question...

"Should I throw away all these medicine that have been taken out of the stores? Absolutely not. There's no need to throw away medicine as long as it is used in the appropriate dosage," says Doug Klepper, M.D., a pediatrician.

Dr. Klepper says he has no plans to quit prescribing children's cough and cold medication at a specific dosage and it's up to the parents, to follow those directions carefully.

Meanwhile, the panel is recommending tougher label guidelines and perhaps banning the term "doctor recommended" altogether.

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