Real Dangers of Treating Small Children With Over-The-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines

Over-the-Counter (OTC) cough medicines have little effect in treating whooping cough. One very important reason is because it is a nervous system disorder and not a mucous problem. It is often described as catarrhal, but it is strictly a nervous affection. The base of the trouble is cerebral and spinal. It starts with a dry, harassing cough, which seems to have no excuse for existence, as there is no irritation of the throat or lungs. This spasmodic cough lasts for two weeks. Then the characteristic whoop begins.

Since the FDA and the CDC are warning us of the dangers of giving our children OTC medicines, that is a good reason for us to listen! In the case of pediatric OTC medicines, the agency decided decades ago that drug makers could market the medicines for children even though they had only been tested in adults. Back then, it was “assumed” that children’s bodies were simply smaller versions of adult ones. That assumption has been proven completely untrue.

A study by the CDC found that more than 1500 children under the age of 2 suffered serious health problems between 2004-2005 after being treated with common cough and cold medicines.The study linked 3 infant deaths in 2005 to cough and cold medicines with high levels of pseudophedrine in the blood. But now doctors worry that cold and cough medicines for children under age 6 may be ineffective and life threatening, as they have been found to lead to hallucinations, seizures and heart problems, according to a 2005 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ultimately, OTC cough and cold medicines are actually suppressing the immune system rather than energizing it. There are many safe, effective ways to ways to treat young children using herbal medicine, homeopathy and healthy foods. It is best to energize the immune system for effective healing.

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