Cough and cold medicine for infants

hi I'm dr. Sarah Connolly I'm one of the pediatricians here at bundu today I'd like to briefly discuss over-the-counter cough and cold medications and children the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against the use of over-the-counter cough and cold medications in children under the age of six there are several reasons for this recommendation first studies have failed to show a benefit in treating symptoms with the use of over-the-counter cough and cold medications so there's simply a waste of your money second and more importantly over-the-counter cough and cold medications often contain several active ingredients an active ingredient is a chemical or drug intended to improve a certain symptom so for example some over-the-counter cough and cold medications contain a fever reducer alongside a cough suppressant and a nasal decongestant parents often fail to realize that there are multiple active ingredients and mistakenly give both a cough and cold medication and a fever reducer to their children this results in increased side effects and even poisoning so remember the next time your child has the common cold stick with ibuprofen or acetaminophen to manage fever or pain but stay away from the cough and cold aisle in the drugstore if you need more information you can read more articles on bundu a-to-z or you can always ask bundu

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