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Cold Overdose Sends Thousands to ER

It sends 7,000 kids to the emergency room every year... Overdosing on cold medicine. It's also the second leading cause of calls to Poison Control.

Poison Control says all parents should have a syringe to give medicine to their kids, but many don't use it while giving their kids medicine. The FDA recommends that you don't give cold medicine to any children under two, but if your kid is over two, there are some things you can do to make sure they get the right dosage.

Ronica Farrar at Poison Control says "always use something meant for measuring medicine. And always use something that is labeled in the same measurements on the medicine bottle. If something on the bottle is in CCs, then you need to use something in CCs. Also, never use a kitchen utensil or an eating utensil to give medicine."

At a hearing on Thursday afternoon, the FDA turned down a ban backed by pediatricians to take children's cold medicine off the shelf.

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