Treating a Childs Cold

Parents should take notice of the fact that labels on over-the-counter cold medications for children indicate that the medicines are not intended for children under the age of four years. However, according to a national poll, this warning often goes unheeded, as it was found that approximately 40 percent of the parents surveyed administered cough medicine or multi-symptom cough and cold medications. Twenty-five percent of parents surveyed give their children decongestants. However, there is no proof that these medications can improve symptoms in young children. Moreover, they do more harm than good, especially when given in larger-than-prescribed dosages. With this in mind, parents of young children, in particular, are urged to consult with a pediatrician before administering medication.

For many years, pediatricians and parents have relied on us for safe, effective medicines. No matter what the ailment, like cough, cold, fever or aches and pains, you can count on us to care for your kids. However, we urge you to discuss it with your doctor, and pharmacist. There may be steps you are not currently taking, that could affect you and your children’s health. We are dedicated to your families’ well being.

Hint: If given inappropriately to small children, cough/cold medications and decongestants can cause serious side effects including allergic reactions, drowsiness, increased or uneven heart rate, breathing difficulty, confusion and convulsions.