FDA: No Cold, Cough Medicines for Babies
FDA Rules That Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines Shouldn't Be Given to Kids Younger Than 2
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Industry Responds continued...
"Safety has always been and continues to be our top priority," says
CHPA President Linda Suydam, DPA.
"Today's decision by the FDA reaffirms the correct course of action
taken by the leading makers of these medicines last fall," says Suydam,
referring to the voluntary withdrawal of over-the-counter cough and cold drugs
The CHPA is working with retailers, doctors, and the FDA "to ensure that
parents have the tools they need to safely and appropriately administer OTC
oral cough and cold medicines to children over the age of two," Suydam
Tips for Parents of Older Kids
Speaking at today's FDA news
conference, Lisa Mathis, MD, associate director of the FDA's Pediatric and
Maternal Health Staff in the Office of New Drugs, reminded parents that the
FDA hasn't finished reviewing cough and cold drugs for older
Mathis provided the
following tips for parents who choose to give over-the-counter cough and
cold medicines to children aged 2-11:
Always remember that these
medications do not cure the cold. They don't shorten the time that your child
has a cold, and they're only meant to help a child's symptoms.
Look at the active ingredients in
the Drug Facts label. This will help you understand what active ingredients are
in the medication and what symptoms each active ingredient is intended to
treat. Cough and cold medications often have more than one active
Be very careful in giving more
than one over-the-counter cough and cold medication to your child. Remember
that many over-the-counter cough and cold products have multiple medications in
them. If you use two medications that have similar active ingredients, a child
could get too much of the ingredient, which could be harmful.
Make sure to carefully follow the
directions in the Drug Facts part of the label. These directions tell you how
much medicine to give and how often to give it.
Only use the measuring device --
spoon, dropper, or cup -- that comes with the medication. Common household
spoons come in different sizes and are not meant for measuring medicines. If
you use these, you may not be giving the right dose.
If you have the opportunity to
choose cough and cold medications with a childproof safety cap, you should do
so, and store these medications out of the reach of children.
"Most importantly," Mathis
says, "call your physician, pharmacist, or other health care professional
if you have any questions about using these medications in children 2 years of
age and older."