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Cold and Cough Medicine Confusion

**FILE** Pedia Care Infant Drops Long-Acting Cough and Concentrated Tylenol Infants' Drops Plus Cold & Cough are shown in a medicine cabinet at the home of Carol Uyeno in Palo Alto, Calif., in this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo. Parents should not give babies and toddlers over-the-counter cough and cold medicines they're too risky for tots so small, the government will declare Thursday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

**FILE** Pedia Care Infant Drops Long-Acting Cough and Concentrated Tylenol Infants' Drops Plus Cold & Cough are shown in a medicine cabinet at the home of Carol Uyeno in Palo Alto, Calif., in this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo. Parents should not give babies and toddlers over-the-counter cough and cold medicines they're too risky for tots so small, the government will declare Thursday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

About a year ago, the Food and Drug Administration advised it was too risky for children under the age of two to be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines.

Now, a study shows that many parents are confused about how to read drug labels, and still think it's appropriate for young children to take them.

The medicines currently on the market are designed for children ages four and older.

But the majority of parents misread the labels and thought babies younger than two could use the medicines even though the box instructions recommend asking your doctor before giving the drugs to an infant.

Researchers suggest pediatric cough and cold products need new labeling with graphics that are less confusing and written instructions that are easier to understand.


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