Coughs And Colds : New Safety Advice For Parents

Dec 31, 2011 No Comments by

Cough and cold medicines containing antihistamines, decongestants, cough suppressants and expectorants will no longer be recommended for children under two. The move follows a safety review by The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), UK – which suggested this age-group is at a greater risk from incorrect use of these medicines. Because babies are so small, they’re more susceptible to the effect of accidental over-dosage.

baby and medicine

baby and medicine

Don’t fret if you’ve used these products on your baby, as the issue is one of over-dosage  and any harm would have been evident at the time. In future, though, avoid using such products on under-twos.

THESE ARE UPDATED RECOMMENDATIONS ON TREATING A CHILD UNDER TWO WHO HAS A COUGH OR COLD:

  • Lower temperature with paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • If they have a cough, use a simple syrup such as glycerol, honey or lemon.
  • Nasal saline drops are recommended for babies who have difficulty feeding, to help clear nasal secretions.
  • Instructions on medicines about suitable age-groups and appropriate doses should be followed carefully.
  • If you are concerned about your child’s condition or the correct medicines, always contact the pediatrician.

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