The government says children taking cough and cold medicines without supervision is the biggest reason the medicines send about 7,000 children to the emergency room each year.
A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
reports that about two-thirds of the cases were children who took
the medicines unsupervised. About one-quarter involved cases in
which parents gave the proper dosage and an allergic reaction or
some other problem developed.
The study included both over-the-counter and prescription
medicines. It also comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration warned parents that over-the-counter cough
and cold medicines are too dangerous for children younger than two.
About 1,600 of the estimated 7,100 children sent to emergency
rooms each year are under the age of 2.