COLD MEDS IN KIDS
ANCHOR LEAD: DON’T USE OVER THE COUNTER COLD REMEDIES IN KIDS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Infants and children should not be given over the counter cold remedies, the FDA has warned recently. Robert Wood, a pediatric allergy expert at Johns Hopkins, explains why.
WOOD: The issues really come from two sides. One is how effective are these and the second is do they have risks. And the first issue is they’re not very effective. Most studies would say that these medicines are not of any benefit when it comes to the common cold. And the second is that they’re pretty safe medicines but not completely safe. Because they’re often being given to infants and very young children where the dosing guidelines have not been well established, there may be greater risks in those younger children. So we would be very much on board with the FDA carefully evaluating this and would be completely in favor of the recommendations they’ve made. :35
Wood says parents should consult their pediatrician when cold symptoms are severe or persistent. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.