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Panel: Restrict Child Cold Meds

From The Post's Rob Stein: A special panel of federal advisers voted overwhelmingly today that popular cough and cold medications should not be used in children younger than age 6. The recommendation came after the panel concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of the products in children. The FDA is not bound by the committee's recommendations, which will be made today, but the agency usually follows the advice of its advisory panels. Read More

By Stacey Garfinkle |  October 19, 2007; 3:26 PM ET  | Category:  Preschoolers
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Well, I've got two kids under 6, and I'm just glad I stocked up on these before they get banned.

Not sure why my kids should have to suffer because people in Baltimore can't seem to follow directions.

Posted by: Bob | October 19, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Late posting, but this topic is really "bugging" (sorry!) me! Is the restriction on combination cold AND cough medicines, or on cold medicines and also on cough medicines? It's not clear to me. I know the "joke" about parents giving Benadryl to their kids to put them to sleep on airplanes, etc. I would never endorse that, plus DD (now 3) is one of those kids who gets "wired" on that kind of stuff, not sleepy.
But, show me a parent who hasn't given a child some cough medicine and then seen the coughing subside enough for the child to function better and/or get much-needed rest. I think the study said a "syrup-like" placebo worked just as well. Fine! What was the placebo? I'll use it instead.

Posted by: TriciaGray | October 24, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Bob when you said:
"Well, I've got two kids under 6, and I'm just glad I stocked up on these before they get banned.
Not sure why my kids should have to suffer because people in Baltimore can't seem to follow directions."

Your kids suffer because you as a parent give them medication with known side effects and no known efficacy. Better stock up on the other stuff as I predict the FDA will stop sales of all of these medications for children under 12 within a year.

Most parents give their kids cold medications because it makes the parents feel better.
As a pharmacist I can tell you this stuff does not work. If you have a cold and treat it with cold medication it will go away in 7 days and if your don't it will go away in a week.

Posted by: Michael | October 26, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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