FDA Warning

Improper Dosing of Cough Medicine Sends 7,000 Children to ER Each Year

The FDA had been issuing very strong warnings lately about administering cough medicine to toddlers under 2.

Today some official numbers were released that are very scary.

In their first estimate, the U.S. government believes that cough and cold medicines send about 7,000 children to hospital emergency rooms each year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that bout two-thirds of the cases were children who took the medicines unsupervised. However, about one-quarter involved cases in which parents gave the proper dosage and an allergic reaction or some other problem developed.

About two-thirds of the cases were children who took the medicines unsupervised. However, about one-quarter involved cases in which parents gave the proper dosage and an allergic reaction or some other problem developed.

 

Because it is believed that an estimated 1,600 of the 7,100 children are under 2, the FDA’s new recommendations, if followed, will hopefully reduce such ER visits by 23 percent.

The most common symptoms reported were allergic reactions like hives and itching and neurological symptoms like drowsiness and unresponsiveness. CDC researchers said that most of the medicines involved were liquid combinations of cough and cold treatments.

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1 Comment

  • This story frustartes me. Most parents have enough common sens eto leave medcines out of their child(ren)’s reach and give it to them theirselves. Thus, over-dosing isnt really a problem if you’re a responsible parent.
    Also, for the children who had an alergic reaction, that isnot the fault of the medicine, or the parent really. Unless a child is known to have a reaction to a certain ingredient, giving them these medicines is perfectly fine.

    The ridiculous “not to be given to under 2’s” has been extended to the UK and I am very annoyed at this. I refuse to let the ignorant/irresponsable parents dictate what (perfectly safe) medicine I can give to my child!!

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