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MILLIONS OF PARENTS ALREADY COPING WITH RECALLS OF EVERYTHING FROM BURGER PATTIES TO TOYS TO CRIBS HAVE YET ANOTHER THING TO WORRY ABOUT: COUGH AND COLD MEDICINES FOR KIDS. SAFETY EXPERTS HAVE JUST CALLED FOR AN OUTRIGHT BAN ON MANY OF THESE POPULAR MEDICINES They are readily available in drugstores across the country. Cold and cough remedies with fruity flavors specifically marketed for kids. But there's a growing consensus that these medicines may not be safe.  In a report released last week, safety experts for the Food and Drug Administration said they would recommend NO level of dosage for children under the age of two "due to the lack of evidence of efficacy and safety concerns."  Dr. Janet Serwint There are a variety of problems that can occur and there have been some deaths associated with cough and cold preparations. Even more amazing, the industry itself ... while insisting the medicines are safe ... now agrees they should not be given to very young children.  Linda Suydam Parents should not use these products for children under 2. It's a concern that has been building for some time.  The FDA review found 54 reported deaths from decongestants, most in children under the age of 2. It appears the FDA may finally act when it meets to discuss the matter next month. SOT he was ill, he was so, so ill Josslyn Goldner's son Max wound up in the emergency room after taking the prescribed dose of an over-the-counter medication, one that isn't even under review. She says she has learned to be wary. SOT 01:12:05 "I'm trying to be a little bit more selective and proactive and not assume that companies that are in the business to make money are going to actually be worrying so much about my child ." For now, these medicines are all still on the market, leaving parents to fend for themselves.
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