Cold and Cough Medicine for Infants and Children

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Once upon a time, not so long ago, children were allowed to have runny noses and coughs. Colds were expected to last a few days and were considered an inconvenience.

But times have changed. The traditional family unit that allowed one parent always to be at home is no longer the norm. Aside from not wanting your child to suffer, the practical considerations of adjusting day care, school, and work means adding more stress to life at home with an ill child. Instead of allowing a virus to run its course and the cold to resolve over a few days, billions of dollars are spent on advertising to let parents know that the symptoms of a cold can be controlled with hundreds of different over-the-counter cold preparations. Unfortunately, many of these drugs have significant side effects and may not be in the best interest of the infant or child.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/11/2016

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