Thinking about giving your sick toddler or baby cough or cold medicine to relieve their suffering? Think again. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning parents to not administer over-the-counter cold medicine to children ages two or under.
Over a two-year period, more than 1,500 children under two years old were taken to emergency rooms and three died because of serious reactions to cold and cough medications. A federal investigation began after the death of three infants 6 months or younger in 2005. Tests indicated that the babies had up to 12 times the amount of nasal decongestant recommended for children ages 2 to 12.
Because the CDC does not know how much cough and cold medicine is dangerous or fatal to children under the age of 2, an FDA-approved dosing amount does not exist.