The government is concerned that parents or caregivers may still have over the counter cold and cough products at home in their medicine cabinets and reach for them at the first sign of a sniffle.
But the public is urged not to do that. Not only are serious side effects associated with these medicines, including death, convulsions, rapid heart rates and a change in consciousness, but health care providers say the medications don't even treat the symptoms they are given to remedy.
Pediatrician, Dr. Deanna Price, offers suggestions of what to use instead of these medications.
"Salt water nose drops into the baby's nose. That loosens up the mucus. Then you can suction it out. Humidifiers. Propping the baby upright. All parents will tell you they breathe better sitting upright," Dr. Price said.
Price said when she worked in the emergency room, parents would bring their kids in with a mystery illness and often it would be a reaction to the cold medication they were given.
The FDA still hasn't ruled on if these medications are safe for older children.
Price actually takes the FDA recommendations a step further. She tells parents not to give the medication to children under six years old.
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