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10/01/07-Whitehouse

FDA Says Stop Giving Your Child Over-The-Counter Drugs

Marlo Bitter said when it comes to the health of her 3-year-old little girl, Emily, she can never be too safe.

"I've tried to be really conscious of any medication that I put in her body," she said.

Marlo says she always calls her pediatrician to make sure Emily takes the right medicine.

She said all medication is going to have some kind of side effect and every time she gives drugs to Emily, she weighs the risks and the benefits of giving her child any type of medication.

And doctors say that's good advice for any parent.  

The Food and Drug Administration recommends not giving young children over-the-counter drugs--drugs including phenylephrine, diphenhydramine, and chlorpheniramine--ingredients, which in certain doses, can be dangerous to kids, sometimes causing death.

"What we usually have to balance is the severity of the symptoms, versus the risk to the child," said Dr. Janet Hurley, a pediatrician with Trinity Mother Frances.

Dr. Hurley said this is important when trying to figure out just how much medication a child actually needs.

"What a parent should always do in these settings is call their child's personal physician and find out what their physician recommends," she said.

Dr Hurley said until the FDA knows what that dosage is--what's safe for kids--doctors and parents alike are being asked to steer clear of the medicine aisle.

Dr. Ed Dominguez,a physician, agrees with Dr. Hurley, and he said there are some things parents can do to help make their kids a little more comfortable if they do become ill.

"Mentholatum on the chest, humidifiers, those are going to be fine," said Dr. Dominguez. "They're non-evasive. They don't involve the child being exposed to any particular product that may harm them in anyway, and so I think those are reasonable."

Dr. Dominguez also said it is still okay to use acetaminophine-based products and Motrin.

But until the FDA investigation ends, doctors said it is best to just "let it ride" when it comes to kids and colds.

Layron Livingston, Reporting llivingston@kltv.com

 

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