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FDA: Cold, cough medications not safe for children

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Recent discussions over what age is safe for over-the-counter medications put pediatricians and the FDA on the same side. The FDA now says cold and cough medications shouldn't be given to children younger than six. The division is between children's doctors and the drug companies. Friday the FDA sided with pediatricians across the country who say the medications don't help. Government health advisors ruled that over the counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under the age of six. Daniel Manello gave his son Dimetapp on his doctor's recommendation on and off for six months. Manello said, "Several months later my son was taken by the ambulance to the emergency room and was diagnosed to have seizures not the flu." Parents spend millions annually on decongestants and antihistamines for their children. Nearly four million doses were sold last year. Drug companies say they are 100 percent safe if the proper dosage is applied. These medicines have never been tested on kids. They have been linked to 123 deaths since 1969, most of them infants. Pediatrician David Bromberg said, "Drugs used in children need to be studied in children, I think that is the simple, clear message." The drug industry says that's why it voluntarily pulled the medications for children under two last week. Doctors are recommending they be pulled for children under the age of 12.

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Remedy for the Children or Parents?

One would wonder if the marketing experts offer these so called remedies for the children or the parents. If the child is stuffy and has a cold virus, there is no cure. Actually letting the cold virus run it's course could in fact help the child later in life deal with similar cold virus germs of which there are thousands. Take the immunization controversy in the courts and news today. Why should a child have to have the immunizations all at one time. Most have been proven time and again to be worthy of being given with little or no risk, but why should the government impose these on your children? No good reason. They cannot later be a concern to other children that have been innoculated can they? Then what is the good reason? Just then another way for the courts and government to bend people to their will. Socialist health care moving towards a socialist nation.