Thousands of Kids Sent to ER Each Year for Cold Meds

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that about two-thirds of children who took cold and cough medicines unsupervised accounted for the 7,100 children sent to the emergency room each year.

The study includes both prescription and over-the-counter medications. This new study comes only a couple weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned parents that over-the-counter cold and cough medications are not safe for children younger then 2 years of age. Of the 7,100 children sent to the emergency room each year, 1,600 were under the age of 2.

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