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I was told that over the counter drugs are not recommended to treat baby cold.why is this?

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Dr. Chad Rudnick
Pediatrics
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In brief: They don't work

Over-the-counter cold medicines are not for babies.
They don't work in babies (or young kids). Also, the ingredients in them are often not safe for babies and can cause serious side effects. Please talk to your pediatrician prior to giving any medicine to your baby (even if over the counter). Just because it's sold in stores or in baby aisle, doesn't mean it's safe.

In brief: They don't work

Over-the-counter cold medicines are not for babies.
They don't work in babies (or young kids). Also, the ingredients in them are often not safe for babies and can cause serious side effects. Please talk to your pediatrician prior to giving any medicine to your baby (even if over the counter). Just because it's sold in stores or in baby aisle, doesn't mean it's safe.
Dr. Chad Rudnick
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Risk/benefit issue

OTC cold preparations basically give parents something to do during a cold until it passes.
They have little if any proven benefit in younger kids. Occasionally, one parent gives the med not realizing the other has already done so and overdoses account for a significant number of emergency room visits/yr.

In brief: Risk/benefit issue

OTC cold preparations basically give parents something to do during a cold until it passes.
They have little if any proven benefit in younger kids. Occasionally, one parent gives the med not realizing the other has already done so and overdoses account for a significant number of emergency room visits/yr.
Dr. James Ferguson
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