Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Quit pumping OTCs into the kiddos

…Jonathan Bor, writing in the Baltimore Sun (Oct 27, 2006), says Maryland’s health mucketies are saying kids should not get over-the-counter nostrums for coughs and colds.

…Even the ones that say “kid-strength” or something similar.

…Even standard kid doses can accelerate their little hearts and suppress their breathing.

…Plus—there is no evidence that all these pills and goos work.

…The FDA has not yet stepped in, although it did say that dextromethorphan, an ingredient in certain cough suppressants, was causing death, brain damage, loss of conscious and seizures in teens that took it to get high.

…Parents want to make their children feel better, but 900 cases of child overdose on this stuff were reported last year in Maryland alone.

…Just suction the stuff out of the kids’ noses, give them plenty of fluids, and use a cool-mist humifier.

…If the kid is miserable with fever, Tylenol or ibuprofen, at the recommended dose, is probably OK.

…Mucus is part of the immune reaction of the body. It may do more good than harm.

…Decongestants can make already small blood vessels get tinier and tinier.

…Wah! Tinier? That doesn’t sound so great.

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