So the major drug makers--members of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association--are voluntarily pulling their over-the-counter infant cough & cold medicines from the market rather than be forced by the FDA to pull them [or to put decades-old, grandfathered-in drugs through infant-specific testing and approval]. The withdrawl, they say, is not because of safety issues with the medicines, but to prevent "potential misuse."
The recommended doses for kids under two which were in effect today are going to be NOT recommended tomorrow. Which'd be fine with me if we didn't have another under-2yo coming in a couple of months.
We had occasion to use several OTC infant drops with the kid, and to these parental eyes, they did the jobs they promised. So I went out and stocked up on them [after checking the expiration dates, of course.]
When they run out, I expect we'll do with the other kid what we always did with the kid: check the dosage appropriate to her age and weight, and then measure it out carefully and give it to her. For the moment, sites like The Medicine Cabinet at Ask Dr. Sears still list the concentration of active ingredients of major makers' pediatric medicines, and then list the recommended doses for kids of various 6-month age brackets. I'm going to save the info for the medicines we use for future reference.
There are vital pieces of info about which symptoms each medicine is for, what it does, and when and when not to use it, but as an example, here's the ingredients and dosage data on one withdrawn medicine, Robutussin DM Infant Drops:
Ingredients: per 5 ml:So if you're confident in your math ability and would like to be able to replicate the dosages of medicine you've used in the past, maybe you should grab the info while you can.
* Dextromethorphan 10mg (Cough Suppressant)
* Guaifenesin 200mg (Expectorant)
Use supplied calibrated oral syringe.
less than 6 months (<14lbs): Not recommended
6-11 months (14-17lbs): 1.25 ml (¼ tsp) every 6-8 hours
12-23 months (18-23lbs): 2.5 ml (½ tsp) every 6-8 hours
2-6 years (24-47lbs): 2.5 ml (½ tsp) every 4 hours
over 6 years: Not recommended, use syrup
The Medicine Cabinet: Complete List of Medications A to Z [askdrsears.com]
See the CHPA announcement and the list of medicines being withdrawn [chpa-info.org]
Previously: NYT: Makers pull infant cold medicines