Region 8 Parents React To Cold Medicine Ban

Jonesboro- With the ban of some over-the-counter cold and cough medicines, parents are concerned and confused about what to do when their child has the sniffles.

"It's scary because you assume the FDA approves what is available at the local store," said Allison Maxwell, of Paragould.

It's an opinion that many parents share, ever since the announcement of the ban on certain cold and cough medications given to children under 2 years of age.

For Jonesboro pharmacist Ken Gibson, it means he's pulling those medications off his store's shelves completely.

"This is mainly for children who are under the ages of two-years-old and for the most part they need to be checked out by a physician," said Gibson.

The nationwide ban comes after the deaths of several kids, mainly due to overdosing.

It's a problem pharmacists say happens more than you might think.

"We only want to give them a small amount," said Gibson. "It's easier for the child to swallow from a dropper than a whole teaspoon."

Gibson says the safest bet for parents is to take their child in to see a doctor so he or she can write a prescription.

"Even a doctor will write for over-the-counter products so that he can adjust that dosage for the baby's weight," he said. "It will have a label on the bottle or on the box telling the mother exactly how much to give each and every time so there's no guessing."

The President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dan Leby advises parents "keep a child well-hydrated, using a humidification device in the room, employing salt water nose drops, and using acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever or discomfort."

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