|7,000 CHILDREN TO THE HOSPITAL|
The study will appear in the April 2008 issue of Pediatrics.
Every year 7,000 kids go to the emergency room because of cough and cold medicines. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this estimate Monday. 25% involved cases in which parents gave the proper dosage and an allergic reaction or some other problem developed. Both over-the-counter and prescription medicines were looked at. This news follows the FDA report 2 weeks ago that warned that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are too dangerous for children younger than 2.
CDC researchers gathered case reports of children 11 and under that had taken cough and cold medications and wound up in 63 hospitals studied in 2004 and 2005. They used that number to come up with the national estimate. About 1,600 of the estimated 7,100 children are under 2, so the FDA's guidance - if followed - should reduce such ER cases by 23 percent. Nearly two-thirds of the cases involved kids ages 2 to 5, the CDC found. Of the children who reportedly got the right dose of medication, about a third were younger than 2, but more than half were ages 6-11.
For sure the focus will be on how safe these meds supposedly are overall. What will be overlooked is that putting 7,000 kids in the hospital is totally avoidable. Use nutrition and homeopathy to deal with colds. They are completely safe.
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