(HealthDay News) -- It's perfectly normal for parents to be concerned when a child comes home sneezing and coughing with what appears to be the common cold, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
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But cough medicine may not be the best remedy, the agency warns.
The agency offers these guidelines:
- The FDA doesn't recommend over-the-counter cough or cold medicines for children younger than age 2 years.
- Caregivers should carefully read labels on OTC cough and cold products, because some may contain codeine.
- Prescription cough medicines containing codeine or hydrocodone should not be given to children under 18 years old.
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