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Did You Know?: No Cold Meds for Kids

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Air date: January 11, 2009


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Yes, it's true. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, cough and cold medications can harm young children. When given in the wrong dosage, side affects from these medicines can include hives, drowsiness, trouble breathing, and even death.

Instead of cough syrup and cold medication, experts recommend that parents use over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen to deal with the discomfort of a sore throat or harsh cough.

For nasal congestion, the guidelines suggest that parents use nasal saline drops. A teaspoon of honey or corn syrup can help relieve coughing in kids over age one. Other decongestion tips include running hot water in the shower to create steam to relax airways, and using a humidifier to moisten air in the home.

And now you know.

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