FDA Report Says No Cold Medicines for Kids

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

The Food and Drug Administration is considering pulling all children's decongestants from the shelves.

The move comes after a recent petition charged that many over-the-counter cough and cold remedies can harm toddlers and preschoolers.

"We've known decongestants aren't as effective in children as adults and they were licensed by the FDA," says Dr. Jay Wiley of Dothan Pediatric Clinic.

Some pharmacists are concerned that children's medicines aren't created to treat children, but rather are geared towards adults.

Northcutt Pharmacist, Glenn Northcutt says "Part of the problem in dosing is its made for adults and dosed down and children aren't small adults."

While part of the concern over children's decongestants stems from its dangers, pediatricians also argue there is no evidence to prove its effectiveness.

"These medicines aren't associated with a cure but just short term symptom relief and that at best," said Dr. Wiley.

Experts say you should always see a pediatrician for children under two years old, and should not administer decongestants without a physician’s ok, to children under the age of 6.

Pediatricians do say there is no problem giving children Tylenol to reduce a fever.

The main advice they gave us was to treat each individual symptom and never use a multi symptom drug for children.

The Food and Drug Administration has not taken children's decongestants off the shelves yet. However, they will meet later this month to make a final decision.


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