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>40 Percent of Parents Give Cough Meds to Young Children

Despite warning label that products should not be used for young children, many parents give meds
TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of parents with children younger than 4 years of age give them cough medicine or multi-symptom cough and cold medicine, despite warning labels that products should not be used for young children, according to a report published by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
Noting that over-the-counter cough and cold medications have a warning label indicating that these products should not be used for children under the age of 4, researchers from the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital conducted a survey involving a national sample of 498, randomly-selected parents of children aged 0 to 3 years to examine their use of cough and cold medicines. Fifty-seven percent of those contacted to participate responded.
The researchers found that 42 and 44 percent of parents reported giving their under-4-year-olds cough medicine or multi-symptom cough and cold medicine, respectively. Twenty-five percent reported giving their children decongestants. There was no difference in parents' use of cough and cold medicines by parent gender, race/ethnicity, or household income.
"These products don't reduce the time the infection will [last] and misuse could lead to serious harm," Matthew M. David, M.D., director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, said in a statement. "What can be confusing, however, is that often these products are labeled prominently as 'children's' medications. The details are often on the back of the box, in small print."
More Information (http://mottnpch.org/reports-surveys/parents-ignore-warning-labels-give-cough-cold-meds-young-kids )
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