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Dangers of Children’s Cold Medications

Sick Child Children under the age of 2 years old are at a higher risk when it comes to side effects and even dangers related to cough and cold medications, which can be found over the counter today. This is becoming so common that the FDA has advised parents not to give their children of this age cough and cold medicine of any kind, which is not prescribed by their doctor. A study conducted by Katherine O’Donnell, M.D. of Children’s Hospital Boston, has taken this advice one step further by researching more in depth into these dangers and what causes them.

As a parent it is important to know that although there are many cough and cold medications to choose from, which are targeted towards children, this does not mean there are no FDA warnings or they have not been recalled due to dangerous affects. When you are choosing a medication for your child make sure to read the label and you may find FDA warnings that you otherwise would have missed. According to this study 1-in-3 children who were taken to an emergency center had been given an over the counter cough and cold remedy to cure their bronchiolitis. This is a common respiratory infection, which children of this age tend to be more susceptible to.

Although this study did not find any particular groups that were found to be at a higher risk than others, there were common factors discovered. Factors such as daycare attendance, exposure to second hand smoke, wheezing and use of antibiotics were all associated with the increased used of cough and cold medications. With this being said as a parent of a young child you may want to look into the alternative and natural methods of healing this type of cold for their safety.

Honey is one of the most popular natural alternatives to a cough and cold medication. It has been used for centuries to help cure and alleviate any infection within the respiratory area and is still just as effective today. In comparison to over the counter drugs, honey is by far much safer and provides the same if not faster results. This is what parents are looking for today. Another option is the use of garlic. You may already be aware of its healing properties when it comes to cancer and other serious conditions but it can be a great asset when it comes to the common cold in children as well. Basically you will want to remove the skin of 5-6 cloves of garlic and prepare a necklace using these cloves. During the day and when your child is sleeping the garlic will work its magic!

By making sure that your children are receiving all the nutrients and vitamins they need from their diet you are taking action to prevent these colds from becoming a regular occurrence. A young child with a weak immune system becomes susceptible to any cold or virus they come in contact with and this can lead to more and more serious conditions when not acted on immediately. Begin thinking about the natural ways to solve these cough and cold problems so you no longer have to worry about side effects or long lasting dangers that can be derived from over the counter products.

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