Cough and Cold Medicine

Why you should never use over-the-counter cough and cold remedies on young kids.

Dangers of Cold Medication with Young Children

The latest studies suggest that a little honey can go a long way in alleviating a cough, which is good news considering that buying over-the-counter remedies just isn’t doable.  In fact, using cough remedies on young children can be dangerous says Dr. Saul Greenberg, pediatrician with the Hospital for Sick Children.

“Studies have shown that for children under the age of six, cough medicine and cold medicine have no significant positive effect and in fact, if anything, may cause some side effects. So it is not recommended. In fact, many of the cough and cold medicines have been taken off the market for children under the age of six.”

Sometimes the only cure for a nagging cough is time.

“Most of the children that we find who cough at night and first thing in the morning are secondary to post-nasal drip of that mucus going down into the throat, irritating the cough receptors in the throat and causing the cough. So, until the runny nose goes away the cough will probably still persist.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is  Dr. Greenberg, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and an attending staff physician at the Hospital for Sick Children, where he teaches and supervises pediatric residents on the general pediatric wards.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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