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40 percent of parents give young kids cough/cold medicine that they shouldn’t

December 18, 2019

[ Music ]>>Dr. Matt Davis: Hi. I’m Matt Davis. I’m a pediatrician at the C.S. Mott Children’s
Hospital at the University of Michigan. I’m also the Director of the
Poll on Children’s Health. We’re here today to talk about
the problem of giving cough and cold medicines to young children. When grown ups have cough or cold symptoms
they may reach for over-the-counter remedies that are decongestants or cough
medicines or perhaps medicines that try to treat many symptoms at one time. You may feel that when you use those
medicines they work for you as a grown up. But it turns out that same cough
and cold medicines are not safe to give to young children under age 4. Back in 2008 the Food and Drug
Administration advised the public that cough and cold medicines should not
be given to young children. Therefore, companies that make these
medicines change the labeling to be clear that they should not be given
to kids under age 4. However, it’s possible that some parents may
not have gotten this message or may believe that the medicines that are helpful for
them may also help their young kids. At the National Poll on Children’s Health we
ask parents across the country do you use cough and cold remedies for your young children. What we found when we asked parents across
the country about cough and cold remedies for children under age 4, is that 4 in 10
parents are still giving their kids such things as multi-symptom medicines and cough medicines. About 1/4 are giving their kids decongestants. All of these medicines can be a hazard to young
kids in terms of causing rapid heart rate, overly sleepy behavior and
even nausea and seizures. One thing that can be confusing is that each of
these boxes is labeled as for use in children. The details, however, are on the back. And if you read the small
print, but it is pretty clear, these are not to be given
to children under age 4. A general rule of thumb is if
it’s worked for you as a grown up it still might not be safe for your kid. So, make sure to read the directions and if you
have any questions call your child’s physician, nurse practitioner or other
primary care provider. [ Music ]


  • Reply Michaelangelo Enciso July 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Then what should we give them?! So f***ING annoying!

  • Reply kausik das August 9, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    This is very good video. Thanks for shears it. I have also a good video link on this topic.

  • Reply Ms. E Bear August 31, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    He still didn't tell us anything

  • Reply Hitesh Gwalani September 1, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Most useless doctor advice on youtube don’t give medicine then let them suffer ? You should be strip of your doctor position now for providing incomplete information ???????

  • Reply Annie Bolda September 1, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    95% of parents give their children vaccines that they shouldn't. Unvaccinated children are much healthier, less ear infections, little to no asthma, hearing loss, autism aka brain damage, cancer, etc,,, than the vaccinated. In 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are "unavoidably unsafe". Read the vaccine package inserts for the ingredients (all poisons and neuro toxins) and join some fb groups like "Learn the Risk" or "Vaccine Research Society". Educate before you vaccinate! – RN for decades. … "no shots, no school" is not true. All states have waivers, aka exemptions. Schools dont tell you this as they get more federal funding for maintaining a certain percentage of fully vaccinated student

  • Reply Alagappan Alagusundaram September 1, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Kindly suggest to cure cough. That information also will be more useful and will lead to completion..

  • Reply pearly joy leal September 17, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Good baby have a cough.i gave him ambroxol for 7 days but he still have cough .can i give him medicine again.?its 4 days without medicine.

  • Reply Sushma Chouhan September 28, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Then what should be given to babies

  • Reply Bleach And Lean October 4, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Just put it in their sprite theyll drink it

  • Reply mollyrose ballori November 7, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Thrn why are you selling it?

  • Reply jewelryinvegas November 15, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you for adding nurse practitioner to the list of healthcare providers.

  • Reply Nothing Nothing November 17, 2019 at 2:17 am


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  • Reply MasterGlam December 4, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Funny how all this came up in my recommended videos when I gave my two-and-a-half-year-old some cough medicine today and it did say 4 year old but I thought because I cut the dose it will be okay. I took it and it made my heart beat fast. Definitely never giving my kids cough medicine. I'll just stick to natural remedies

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