Apr 23, 2013 12:29 PM by Michael Handler;KSBY News

Over the counter medicine for young kids

A new study shows many parents are giving their young kids medicines they shouldn't.

According to a University of Michigan Poll, 40% of parents have given children under the age of four over the counter cough and cold medications. 25% of parents that participated said they gave their children decongestants.

This is despite recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration and the manufacturers of these medications that they not be used in infants or children under four years old.

Cold medicines have not been proven effective for young children and may have serious side effects.

Doctors say parents need to be extremely careful about reading directions and should always call their pediatrician with any dosing questions.



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