Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Infant Death Rate Falls After Drug Companies Stop Selling Cough Medicines for Children Under Two

The number of infants and toddlers sent to emergency rooms (ERs) by cold and cough drugs fell dramatically after manufacturers stopped marketing those products to children under the age of two, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the journal Pediatrics.

In young children, over-the-counter cold and cough medicines can cause serious side effects including abnormal heart rhythms, seizures, or even cessation of breathing.'



  1. Well, that's hardly surprising, is it.

    There was a cough mixture we used to get years ago, turns out it had opium in it. That explained why if you wanted to buy two of them they wanted your name and address, phone number and email address. Ridiculous. Unsurprisingly, they have taken it off the market now, since all the drugeys used to buy it for other reasons than cough.

    These days pine and honey does the trick of getting rid of a cough and no opium traces to be found anywhere.

    I wonder what these drug companies are thinking of sometimes. You're supposed to make people feel better with medication, not make them high or kill them.

  2. Oh, and I was just making a point in my last comment. Pine and honey balsam is not to be given to children under 12.

    Anyway, I've used it and it works quickly to get rid of your cough, whether tickly or chesty and a little goes a long way. A traditional remedy for coughs, colds and bronchitis, it contains squill oxymel, liquorice, pumilio pine and ipecacuanha.

    PS: Always read the label.


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