Friday, October 10, 2008

Cold Meds For Kids - The FDA Weighs In Again

This is probably my last post on this subject, yet a worthy close to this thread. If you've been following this issue you'll want to read this FDA statement, "FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

In a nutshell, there are still a lot of issues that need to get resolved. In the meantime, here's the abbreviated version of what the FDA recommends:

  • Do not give children medications labeled only for adults.
  • Talk to your healthcare professional if you have any questions about using cough or cold medicines in children.
  • Choose OTC cough and cold medicines with child-resistant safety caps, when available.
  • Check the "active ingredients" section of the DRUG FACTS label of the medicines that you choose.
  • Be very careful if you are giving more than one medicine to a child.
  • Carefully follow the directions for how to use the medicine in the DRUG FACTS part of the label.
  • Only use measuring devices that come with the medicine or those specially made for measuring drugs.
  • Understand that using OTC cough and cold medicines does not cure the cold or cough.

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