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FDA to Parents: Don't Give Toddler Cough or Cold Medicine

You may want to think twice next time you reach for that bottle of cough syrup or cold medicine to aid your toddler's sickness. 

The Food and Drug Administration is now reviewing whether the over-the-counter medicines actually do more harm than good, if any. 

"Cameron's had severe colds and fevers since he was very young. We've probably used quite a bit of it actually," said Aubrey Renner, while her 4-year-old son Cameron runs around on the playground. 

Just last week Renner said she gave Cameron some cold medicine to treat his sickness.

Renner is not alone.  Parents all over the United States pull out the OTC meds to treat their kids. 

That's why the FDA now says very young children simply should not take some commonly used cold and cough medicines. 

They're also recommending that the "consult your physician" advice to parents on the labels be dropped.  The FDA says not much is known about the effects of OTC medicine on children, so physicians would not really know how a child will react to a med. 

"A lot of people think because they've over-the-counter they're real safe. It's not true," said Doyl Langwell, a pharmacist in Amarillo. 

Langwell said toddler's are especially vulnerable to overdoses since their livers are not developed enough to handle large and commonly incorrect doses of cough syrup and cold medicine. 

The FDA is now recommending that those cold and cough treatments not be used in children younger than 2. They recommend antihistamines not be used in those younger than 6. 

"I try to give him as little as possible. I guess I would have to re-evaluate and talk to his doctor again," said Renner.
  

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