Well, cold season is fast upon us, and for many that means scouring the
medicine aisles for cold remedies. Not so fast, my friends! Particularly
for those of you who have young children, caution is the key when administering
cold medication. Drug manufacturers announced plans to add a warning on
labels against administering cough and cold medicines to children under
the age of four. Drug makers are voluntarily adding the warning but were
influenced by the Food and Drug Administration, according to an October
15, 2008, Associated Press story.
Children’s cough and cold products are used by some 39 percent of
households per year, yet medical experts agree they do little but sedate.
While it might be beneficial for sick children to sleep, using cough and
cold medications can cause adverse reactions, including breathing problems.
The National Research Center for Women and Families, among other organizations,
believes such medications should not be administered to children under
the age of six.
For more information see
this article in the New York Times from October 8, 2008.