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FDA Warns Parents Against Using Infant Cough and Cold Medicine

SAVANNAH, GA--Today the US Food and Drug Administration made a big announcement about cough and cold medicines for infants.

They issued a public health advisory for all the over the counter medications for children under two years old. They are telling parents don't use them. The FDA has found in rare cases cough and cold products can cause death, and serious side effects.

Dr. Ben Spitalnick at Pediatric Associates of Savannah has some advice for parents with sick babies. "If your child is under age two and you have cold and cough medicine already on your shelf, instead of jumping to those talk to your doctor before you use them," he said. "This is going to sound old timey but there are some old remedies that do still work, a dehumidifier by the bedside, pushing fluids, help you kids drink that helps. Tylenol and Motrin fever medicine help them feel better and if you think your child is sick enough to need medicine have your doctor check them out."

Last fall many drug companies quit selling dozens of versions of non-prescription cold remedies targeted specifically to babies and toddlers.

For more on today FDA announcement go to http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01778.html

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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