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FDA may ban cold medicine for tots

By asoglin
Saturday, September 29th, 2007 at 12:13 pm in Babies & Tots, Health & Safety.

triaminicIn startling news, the FDA may ban all over-the-counter, multi-symptom cough and cold medicines for children under 6. According to this morning’s New York Times’ coverage, there’s little proof that Toddler’s Dimetapp, Triaminic Infant and 800 similar cold medications even work on young children, and experts are becoming increasingly concerned about the dangers. Some 123 children have died after taking OTC cold medicines in the last 30 years. And between 2004 and 2005, more than 1,500 children under age 2 had serious health problems after taking these medications. Scary stuff. The FDA panel will consider an outright ban next month. You may not want to wait that long before cleaning out your medicine cabinet.
- Jackie Burrell

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