Cold Medicine Health Advisory

With cold and flu season well under way, the government plans to warn parents today that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are too risky for babies and toddlers.

Drug companies quit selling dozens of versions targeted specifically to babies and toddlers last October. The government is worried people still have the drugs at home, or are using drugs meant for older children. The FDA's public health advisory says the drugs for children under 2-years-old could have "serious and potentially life-threatening side effects."