Children must be protected from medical malpractice and careless medical practices. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we fully support the Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s announcement that oral cough and cold medicines sold over the counter should not be used in children younger than 4 years old due to the risk of complications.
The association, which represents Procter & Gamble Co, Novartis AG, and other drug makers, emphasized in their statement that most of the problems reported with the medicines were the result of dosing mistakes and accidental ingestions, not because the active ingredients themselves are dangerous when used properly. The decision was made after extensive consultations with the FDA, but many doctors and consumer advocates have called for stronger warnings, rejecting the use of cold medicines on children as old as 12. They maintain that the drugs have never been proven safe and effective making the risk too great to give them to children. Some reported complications have included seizures, stroke, and other problems.
Even when older children are ill, it is wise to consult a doctor to ensure an over-the-counter medication is appropriate. Certainly, this is the case whenever an illness lingers or presents with significant symptoms. No one wants to take a chance with the health of their child.