Health authorities warn against the use of cough and cold medicines for children under the age of 6 years- except for those containing only bromhexine or intra-nasal decongestants (such as oxymetazoline and xylometazoline) and these are approved only for children aged over 2 years.
You will notice that the labels on cough and cold medicines state they are not for use for children under 6 years.
Below we share with you:
- the reasons why
- some safer alternatives for treating a young child
- how early childhood educators and caregivers may respond if asked to administer a cough medicine - on the one hand they have an obligation to administer the medicine if a parent gives written authority but on the other hand they also have a responsibility toward the child for health and safety.
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