Parents perplexed by cold medicine advice
Popular medications should not be used for kids under 6, health experts
FDA: Cold meds don't help kids under six Oct. 19: Pressure is mounting for parents to throw out cold and cough medicines. NBC's Robert Bazell has the story.
Julie Eshelman always believed that the decongestant liquid she gave her young daughter for a cold was helpful.
The girl, now 7, used to come home from day care with the sniffles. “She'd wake up in the middle of the night and we’d mix the medicine with some juice,” says Eshelman, 41, of Bloomfield, N.J. “She would then go back to sleep. We thought it worked, but now I’m not so sure.”
Federal health advisors Friday said over-the-counter cold and cough medicines don't work in children and shouldn't be used for those under 6. Although parents have doled out the liquids and pills for decades, the drugs have never been tested in children. The Food and Drug Administration's panel of experts concluded more studies needed to be done.