FDA: Over-the-counter cough and cold products should not be used in children under 2 years of age
There are a wide variety of rare, serious adverse events reported with cough and cold products. They include death, convulsions, rapid heart rates, and decreased levels of consciousness.
Parents and caregivers that choose to use OTC cough and cold medicines to children ages 2 to 11 years should:
- Follow the dosing directions on the label of any OTC medication,
- Understand that these drugs will NOT cure or shorten the duration of the common cold,
- Check the "Drug Facts" label to learn what active ingredients are in the products because many OTC cough and cold products contain multiple active ingredients, and
- Only use measuring spoons or cups that come with the medicine or those made specially for measuring drugs.
The FDA recommends that anyone with questions contact a physician, pharmacist or other health care professional to discuss how to treat a child with a cough or cold.
Published by the FDA