Cough and cold medicines for children, which have been under scrutiny by regulators in the United States and Britain, have come into focus again. Regulators in Great Britain who looked over evidence about the effectiveness of such pharmaceuticals in children up to age 12 say their review “found no robust evidence that these medicines work, and they can cause side effects, such as allergic reactions, effects on sleep or hallucinations.” However, they said, “People who use these products for children, or who have used them in the past, do not need to worry. Neither do shelves need to be cleared.” Previously, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had advised parents not to give the medicines to children under age two, and questions were raised about giving them to children up to age six.
It makes no sense for the FDA to allow medicines for children to be on the market that not only don’t work, but also have adverse side affects. Since the cold and cough medicines don’t produce any good effects, parents shouldn’t accept any risk at all for their children. It now appears that there is no proven benefit for any of these medications for children of any age.
Source: CBS News
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