Ban Sought On Childrens Cold Medicines

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

Some doctors quip to their patients that their common cold will last 7 days if they take some over the counter cold medicines but will last a full week if they don’t. The more we learn of the dangers of taking unnecessary medications, the more one wonders whether it is wise to take many over the counter medications. In the case of children, some cold medicines can be outright harmful.
Some experts have urged the Food and Drug Administration to ban over the counter, multi-symptom, cough and cold medicines for children under 6 years of age. There are about 800 popular cough and cold medicines that might be affected by a ban, including Toddler’s Dimetapp, Triaminic Infant and Little Colds. The experts said in a lengthy report that there is little evidence that these medicines are effective and mounting evidence that they are dangerous. The experts cited statistics on the number of children who have died after taking medicines containing decongestants and antihistimines and suggested that the true toll is probably higher. The Center For Disease Control and Prevention recently found that more than 1500 children under two years of age suffered serious health problems between 2004 and 2005 after taking such medicines.


In 1990, Americans spent more than 2 billion dollars on these medications. The typical drugstore has over 30 brands of these medicines on its shelves. So, big drug companies have little incentive to take these medicines off the market. Before you give your child a cold medication, talk to your doctor. Maybe Tyelnol or an aspirin would be just as effective for a common cold or associated symptoms. Try mentholated creams or steam to help with congestion. Americans are far to quick to seek a “magic pill” for many ailments. Often, the “magic pill” they’ve been sold is not only ineffective; it’s dangerous.