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FDA Experts Urge Ban on CoughRemedies for Children Under 6

Posted Sep 12 2008 3:17am

Cold medicines should be banned for all kids under 6, warn health experts working at the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA recently warned parents to never give over-the-counter cold remedies to children under 2.

But a new 356-page report urges banning 800 products that target children under 6. The report emphasizes that the remedies don’t work in children and have repeatedly caused harm, reports The New York Times.

The report also urges that the industry adopt standardized measuring cups and droppers and syringes to reduce consumer confusion on dosage amounts for older kids. (We certainly will appreciate being able to use a Tylenol syringe with Motrin and not worry we’re overdosing our kids.)

The FDA also warned prescription-makers to remove unapproved hydrocodone, which is a narcotic, from pain-and-cough medicines that target children under 6.

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