Well­ness Arti­cles

Cold Med­i­cines Innef­fec­tive and Even Dan­ger­ous for Infants

A report released in the Jan­u­ary 12, 2007 issue of the Mor­bid­ity and Mor­tal­ity Weekly Report pub­lished by the cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol, (CDC), and reported by numer­ous news out­lets, reports that over-​the-​counter cough and cold med­ica­tions can be harm­ful or even deadly to infants. Accord­ing to the report, in 2004 and 2005 1,500 chil­dren under the age of 2 were treated in emer­gency rooms for prob­lems related to tak­ing such med­ica­tions, and three died.

Dr. Adam Cohen, an offi­cer in the Epi­demic Intel­li­gence Ser­vice at the U.S. cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, stated, “Cough and cold med­i­cines can be harm­ful, and even fatal, and should be used with cau­tion in chil­dren under 2 years of age.” The arti­cles note that The U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion (FDA) has only approved the use of over-​the-​counter cough and cold med­i­cines in chil­dren over the age of 2. In spite of this the usage under that age is wide spread.

Accord­ing to the arti­cles, stud­ies have con­cluded that such med­ica­tions are no more effec­tive on infants than a placebo. Dr. Michael Mar­cus, direc­tor of pedi­atric pul­monology, allergy and immunol­ogy at the Mai­monides Infants & Children’s Hos­pi­tal in New York City stated, “Cold and cough med­ica­tions, espe­cially med­ica­tions con­tain­ing pseu­doephedrine [a nasal decon­ges­tant], have never been shown to have any ben­e­fi­cial effect on chil­dren less than 2 years of age, yet they clearly can have sig­nif­i­cant harm­ful effects.”

Dr. Cohen of the CDC summed up his recomen­da­tions by say­ing, “Par­ents should never give med­i­cine with­out con­sult­ing a health-​care provider, even over-​the-​counter,” Cohen added. “Many over-​the-​counter med­i­cines may be mar­keted for infants, and there are no approved dos­ing rec­om­men­da­tions from the FDA for this age group. There’s very lit­tle evi­dence that they help in chil­dren under 2.”

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