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But now -- house call you know when your child is sick you try to do what -- you can to help.
And that means for parents reaching for those cough and cold medicines after all that's from moms -- for.
But a new report shows that 40% of parents are giving their children unnecessary.
Medications doctor Siegel is a turn out that that -- over dedicating her kids at home.
There's no question about that CS Mott children's hospital and University of Michigan has been doing surveys on this 2011 they found that 60% of us parents.
We're giving our kids unnecessary cold medications when they're infants now it's down to 40%.
I'm still concerned about Eric I mean have you tried taking your kid in propping them up at night have you tried clearing their sinuses with salt solution.
You know a bit cold cold -- -- and they can last five to seven days but these treatments don't actually.
Decrease the duration of the cold instead you're given antihistamines you're given -- -- -- -- -- thing you'd -- -- decongestants.
You can make the -- drowsy you can make the you can increase the heart rate of the infant.
You can even cause seizures now that's very rare and I don't wanna scare anyone out there but I do not think over the counter medications like this.
-- active chemicals should be given to infants without a -- Should be given away in other than their children's -- you look at the doses and it seems to be fine so so what do you do how to you know -- too much is too much or your conflicting between.
Different types you're not a doctor -- you don't ago.
And every patient is different every infant is different and I say go -- -- your dark -- we -- -- we learn you know give aspirin but then give like Advil or talent all means swap about -- -- will be doing the right thing.
Well the question is first of all is it safe and also does it work and most pediatrician we'll tell you that this doesn't whom work.
So what you're doing is this the history of this comes from 2000 and -- looking to this.
And to have about 54 deaths among kids because it causes death to cause a seizure causes heart rate to go off.
It has a lot of -- enough for that can stimulate the kids.
So I actually that I learned this I didn't know myself you know it's two years and on there -- -- but I didn't know that four years or longer and an FDA.
Activity has putting labels if you look at -- drugs in front of it says children's medication in the -- is don't use it for children younger than four year old he's got to be careful don't -- -- -- it's one of the reasons why we're doing this and I think one of the reasons for this is because the trachea which is that we -- -- kids it's narrow.
If they have their nose block quite all the mucus and you give these medications they can go to sleep and they can have a lot of you know problems so you've got to be careful that.
And it had a long term problems as well important to -- yes absolutely but on the short -- David is making a great point here because with the kids have underdeveloped ears compared to -- or.
Or their throats and things can get very clogged the consumer healthcare products association is saying the same thing under four do not give these medications long term.
What if -- child has an underlying.
Tendency to have a rapid heart rate and you're giving them a decongestant which is stimulating them it may affect behavior it may affect development.
More support -- he talked your pediatrician did there's nothing to be scared but just talk to be nutrition because over the counter.
It's not always kind of try to read that little rioting and no -- all the little -- but that's a great point on that.
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