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Cold Medicines Send 7,000 Kids to Hospitals Each Year

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In its first national estimate of the problem, the U.S. government said that cough and cold medicines send about 7,000 children to hospital emergency rooms each year.

The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that while about two-thirds of the cases were children who took the medicines unsupervised, one-quarter involved cases in which parents gave the proper dosage and an allergic reaction or some other problem developed.

For the children whose symptoms were reported, allergic reactions like hives and itching were most common, and neurological symptoms like drowsiness and unsteady walking were next.

So much for getting our kids feeling better.

The study included both over-the-counter and prescription medicines.

The message here is that no medication is safe medication. If you must give medication to your child, follow the directions and stop it immediately if any side effects occur. Perhaps, start with a lower dose and see if any side effects would occur before increasing it to the recommended dose.

The study was published in the April 2008 issue of Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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