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Cold Medicine Not For Kids

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 10, 2008 @ 5:24 pm In Health and Safety | 3 Comments

[4] I don’t know a whole lot about what’s going on in the world these days. I’m pretty busy in my cave. But, I did notice this health alert [5] recently and thought I would pass it on, especially since Walgreens and CVS have had such good deals on Dimetapp and Robitussin. I’m sure many of you stocked up like I’ve been telling you to. I’ve got six boxes in my cupboard right now. Glad it was free!

Now it seems that we need to be a little more cautious in how we administer those over-the-counter meds. Last winter the FDA issued an advisory [6] that OTC cold medicine should NOT be given to children 2 and under. The efficacy of such meds was put into question, as well as harmful side effects brought to light. Now, they’ve raised the bar on the pharmaceutical companies. Read this news report [5] on raising the age level to 4. Stay tuned as the FDA is currently investigating whether or not this warning should be issued to all children 12 and under.

Well, what do you do if you can’t give your little ones medicine “to make it all better?” Do what our grandmothers did:

1. Boost fluid intake, including the Amazing Cure-All, Chicken Broth.
2. Encourage rest. Put them to bed or on the couch with cozy blankets, a good book, and Mama.

Additionally, you can give your little one the appropriate dose of Tylenol as well as keep a vaporizer going.

And as preventive medicine, encourage hand washing now that cold and flu season are approaching.

(Remember, I am not a doctor. As always, seek professional medical advice.)

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