Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Bit of Medical News

It would appear that cough suppressants for children aren't really effective. There have been a couple of studies that show that over-the-counter cough suppressants are no more effective than placebos in reducing symptoms or helping children sleep when they have symptoms. Apparently, thorough clinical trials weren't done when these medications were approved for children back in the 70's. The main ingredients are decongestants and antihistamines.

Pediatricians recommend that you don't use these medications for your kids. They are, at best, ineffective, and every year lots of children end up in the hospital because of over-doses.

Scooped from NPR.

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