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What do you tell parents when their child is sick with the common cold?

What do you tell parents when their child is sick with the common cold?

Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing 16(1): 8-15

To review research supporting the Food and Drug Administration's recommendation to relabel over-the-counter cough and cold medications (OTC CCMs), warning against use in young children. Research has shown that the majority of OTC CCMs and antihistamines have little to no effect when used to treat the common cold and have a risky safety profile. Despite these findings, parents continue to use OTC CCMs for treatment of their children's colds. Educating parents on the lack of scientific evidence supporting the use of OTC CCMs and the potential for harm is important in altering parental perception and decreasing the purchase of OTC CCMs.

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PMID: 21294831

DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2010.00262.x

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