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Cold Medicine and Treatment: When? What? How?

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#10: Are kids' cold medicines safe?

All kids have special needs when it comes to cold medicines. Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under 4. Although kids' cold medicines may still be on the shelves at your drugstore, it's important to talk to your child's doctor before using cough and cold medicines. In addition, never give children age 18 or younger any product with aspirin unless your doctor has specifically instructed you to. Aspirin given to children with symptoms of cold, flu, or chickenpox can cause a rare but sometimes deadly condition called Reye's syndrome.

For more in-depth information, see WebMD's article on Kids' Cold Medicine: Safety Information.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on October 22, 2013
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