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10/10/2007- East Texas

Cold Medicine For Infants Voluntarily Recalled

Pediacare, Robitussin, Dimetapp, Little Colds, Triaminic and Tylenol are all involved in the recall, issued by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

Pharmacies are not required to pull these medicines from their shelves but the C.H.P.A is sending out a strong warning, urging parents not to use these over-the-counter cold and cough medicines on their infants.

"There were a number of deaths in kids, under the age of two especially," said Dr. Kathleen Butler, Pediatrician at East Texas Medical Center in Lindale.

Dr. Butler says there are plenty of safer home remedies to get rid of your infants' colds. Some that may even work better than over-the-counter drugs.

"What you want to do for an infant is use saline drops," said Dr. Butler. "They're over-the-counter and don't contain medication in them. They're basically saltwater. You drop them in the baby's nose, one side first, then use a suction bulb and suction it out. You can then use it on the other side. Usually the baby will kick and scream and throw a fit but you're actually going to help relieve some of that congestion."

Dr. Butler also says hot steam from a shower or a cold mist humidifier in dry air can help babies breath easier. For soreness, you can rub petroleum jelly around the baby's nose. If symptoms worsen significantly or last longer than 10 to 14 days, call the child's physician.

The bottom line from both doctors and the C.H.P.A is if your sick child is under two years old, stay away from the medicine aisle.

Courtney Lane, Reporting.

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