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01.11.07

CDC Says Cold Meds Unsafe for Babies

Federal health officials are warning parents not to give over-the-counter cold remedies to children under two without consulting a doctor.   

The Centers for Disease Control reports more than 15-hundred toddlers and babies wound up in hospital emergency rooms over a two-year period with bad reactions to cough syrups and cold medicines.   

The deaths of three infants in 2005 led to the investigation. It found the children had up to 14 times the recommended amount of medicine in their systems.   

The C-D-C says it doesn't know how much cold or cough medicine is dangerous, but there are no approved dosing recommendations for children under two.   

Pediatricians have been advising parents against using cough suppressants and other over-the-counter cold medications for years.

One doctor says fluids and patience are the best treatment.  

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