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Young Children And Cough, Cold Medication

A new poll shows that 40 percent of parents give cough and cold medication to children under 4, even though label recommendations advise against it. According to "Sound Medicine" healthy living expert Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., a study done in 2008 showed children younger than 4 who received these medications actually had a worse outcome; some cases even resulted in death. Parents have several alternatives when their child has a stuffy nose, such as bulb syringes, sleeping sitting up and salt-water cleanses.