On January 17, 2008, the FDA announced that it completed an investigation into the safety of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines in children less than two years old. After reviewing reports made to the agency and considering discussions made at a public advisory meeting in October 2007, the FDA recommended that these cold medicines not be used to treat children in this age group. According to the FDA, over-the-counter cold medicines can cause serious and potentially life-threatening side effects in children under two.

In response to the FDA’s findings and recommendations, many manufacturers are issuing voluntary recalls on children’s cold medicine products made for children younger than two years old. Recalled brands of children’s cold medicine include:

  • Concentrated Infants’ Tylenol Drops Plus Cold
  • Concentrated Infants’ Tylenol Drops Plus Cold & Cough
  • Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant (PSE)
  • Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (PSE)
  • Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant (PE)
  • Pediacare Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough
  • Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (PE) products
  • Dimetapp Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops
  • Dimetapp Decongestant Infant Drops
  • Little Colds Decongestant Plus Cough
  • Little Colds Multi-Symptom Cold Formula
  • Robitussin Infant Cough DM Drops
  • Triaminic Infant & Toddler Thin Strips Decongestant and Triaminic Infant & Toddler Thin Strips Decongestant Plus Cough

Currently, the FDA is still investigating the safety of cold medicine in children between the ages of two and eleven. Pending the completion of its investigation, the FDA recommends that parents take certain precautions when giving cold medicine to children between two and eleven. For example, the FDA recommends that parents check the “active ingredients”? section on the cold medicine label to see if multiple active ingredients are in one cold medicine and what symptoms each active ingredient is intended to treat. The FDA also recommends that parents:

  • Be very careful not to duplicate active ingredients if giving more than one over-the-counter cold medicine to a child
  • Carefully follow the directions in the “drug facts”? part of the label
  • Only use the measuring spoons or cups that come with the medicine or those made specially for measuring drugs
  • Choose over-the-counter cold medicines with childproof safety caps, when available, and store the medicines out of the reach of children.
  • Understand that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are intended only to treat a child’s symptom(s) and will not cure an illness.
  • Do not using these products to sedate a child or make children sleepy
  • Call a physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional with any questions about using cough or cold medicines in children 2 years of age and older

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Published November 17, 2011 by