New warning about cough medicine and kids

February 16, 2011 2:59:33 PM PST
The government is concerned that despite warnings some parents are still giving over-the-counter cough medicines to children ages 2 and younger.

In 2008, in response to research linking over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to poisoning or death in children 2 and younger, the FDA said that the products should not be given to this age group.

But a new national poll of over 300 parents found that 61 percent gave OTC cough and cold medicines to their children within the last 12 months. In addition, their child's doctors said the medicines are safe.

The FDA warning is specific to young children, and it's trying to get the word out again to new parents and doctors.