The FDA met to look at evidence, take comments and decide whether there should be a ban on children’s cough and cold medicine under the age of 6. They acknowledged the evidence from pediatricians that it was not effective at that age and sent thousands of kids to the ER each year. Then they punted. No ban or recall.
A spokesperson for the FDA acknowledged there was no evidence that the meds worked under 6 (apparently the meds were “grandfathered” by the FDA many years ago with no tests on children), but was afraid that parents would use stronger adult meds on children if there was a ban. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the meds under 6 and an independent group advised the FDA to ban them last year.
Now in steps the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) to save the day (sort of).
CHPA is made up of the manufacturers of the aforementioned meds. In a statement, they volunteer to label “do not use” for children under 4 on all of their pediatric cold and cough meds. A list of the manufacturers and meds involved are at their otcsafety.org pdf site. CHPA says the drugs are safe. They are labeling them because children under 4 tend to get into the tasty medicine and overdose. Also many parents don’t dose correctly. (Both are true and documented facts.)
But no one is putting a gun to your head. Don’t use them in children under 6. Instead try JHMFD‘s tips.
Tags: children and colds