Your child wakes up in the middle of the night coughing, congested and feverish. If you have a child over the age of 2, you might remember days when you reached for cold medicine. But no more. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce fever is fine, but cold meds are no longer recommended for kids under age 6. A large number of bad reactions -- including deaths -- prompted the Food and Drug Administration in 2008 to put and end to the use of cold and cough formulas for kids under 4. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding them until age 6 because of the health risks -- and because they haven't been proven to work in young children. So what can you do for your child when she's suffering with those stubborn symptoms? Check out these suggestions to make your kid feel better -- and get him on the road to recovery.
Why Cough and Cold Medicine Was Banned
“A lot of cough and cold medicines actually were never really tested in children,” says pediatrician Laura Jana, M.D., author with Jennifer Shu of Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality. “And some of them, when they were tested, they didn’t actually prove to do that much.” The ban has worked to keep kids safe: The number of children under age 2 admitted to emergency rooms after a bad reaction to cold medicine or overdosing has declined 50 percent, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.