But hey, at least they're in BPA-free plastic bottles!
At the urging of a petition submitted by a group of prominent pediatricians and public health officials, the FDA will begin a "broad review of the safety of popular cough and cold remedies meant for children," with a focus on how these medicines are used with children under two years of age.
Turns out all the active ingredients in infant and children's cough & cold remedies were essentially grandfathered into the FDA regulatory system because of decades of use in adults, and so they've never been systematically tested or researched for use in kids.
Unknown dosages, nothing but guesswork, rare but potentially life-threatening side effects, no better than placebos, $2 billion/year market...
I'm having a hard time getting motivated to recap this story, frankly. We have followed the guesswork dosages recommended by our pediatrician, most of the time the kid seemed to respond and feel better. If a placebo will do the same, please tell me where I can buy it.
We also pay attention and try to avoid giving her medicines she doesn't need. If she just has a cough, we don't give her cough+cold, for example. The overdose thing has happened a couple of times, ususally while tag teaming with a sick kid during a sleepless night.
The things that actually got me thinking, not that they surprised me:
The agency [i.e., the FDA] has for decades promised to review systematically the safety of all old drugs, but for a variety of reasons like budgetary constraints, time and popularity of a particular drug has not done so.And the study that showed more than 1 in 3 3-yo's were on cold medicine during a given month.
Meanwhile, the only reason we can even have this discussion now is because parents in the 19th century kept their kids knocked out all day with opium so they could go to work. [The Industrial Revolution just called. They said, "You're WELCOME."]