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The makers of children’s over-the-counter cough and cold medicines have changed the recommended age for dosing.

Labels now read, “DO NOT USE in CHILDREN UNDER 4 YEARS of Age”. Members of the Consumer Healthcare Product Association (CHPA) have volunteered to change their labels, hoping to prevent the misuse of these products.

Tips for Parents and Caregivers:

  • Do not give a child cough and cold medicines that are made for adults.
  • Talk to your health professional before giving a child any cough or cold medicines.
  • Read the label carefully. Never give two or more medicines that contain the same ingredient.
  • Follow the directions on the label. If there are no directions for your child’s age and weight, call your health professional and ask for dosing instructions.
  • Use the measuring device that comes with the medicine.
  • Choose medication bottles that have child-resistant safety caps.
  • Store the medicine out of reach of children.
  • Understand that cough and cold medicines treat symptoms, but do not cure a cough or a cold. Courtesy:


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