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Cough and Cold Medicines for Young Children - Problems & Recommendations

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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:

  1. the reasons why
  2. some safer alternatives for treating a young child
  3. 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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