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How NOT to Make Your Child Feel Better

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health at 1:15 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
ClownIf you want to make your child feel better, don’t employ a clown.  Children, regardless of age, do not like them. In fact, they are all terrified of them. The curly mops of hair, red bulbous noses, ornate face-paint, goofy outfits and floppy shoes inspire nothing but fear, disgust and tears. So bringing one in to ease the pain is one of the many things you do not want to do.

What else is on that list?

Administering cough and cold medicine.

In October, we were informed that child cough and cold formulas didn’t work and may pose serious health risks to young children. Many manufacturers stopped selling them, and the FDA issued a warning. Now, the FDA is strengthening its position and declaring all such medications unsafe for children under two. You are no longer being advised to forgo these medications; you are being told.  Why now?

First, it’s the middle of cold and flu season. Your children are sniffling far more than they will during any other time of year, and the urge to give them a “healing” spoonful of medication is overwhelming. And if you are like many parents across the country, you are choosing not to believe that these over-the-counter drugs pose a serious risk.   You gave them once before without problem or they worked in your older son, and so they must be safe. But they aren’t.

Do not give over-the-counter cold medicine to any child under two, and be hesitant when giving it to any under 12 (The FDA is still determining if the dangers exist for the older age group).

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