Monday, November 5, 2007

New cold medicine recommendations for children- More problems?

So I'm sure you all know about the cold medicine recalls and all that. If not here's the jist. Some babies/kids died or had adverse reactions from cold medicines. ALL of these reactions were caused by improper dosing (ie parent error) but they yanked all of them anyway.

Craig and I were talking about it the other day and he mentioned wondering if we could still get our Dimetapp elixer, a med we ALL take (I think it works the best on adults too) and I said that I'm sure we could still get it, what would probably happen is that instead of, on the dosing instructions it saying "under 2 yrs consult physician" it would probably now be changed to age 6.

This is going to cause MORE deaths. On a message board I frequent there was a thread asking other parents if they still intended to give thier children cold meds despite the new recommendations. Nearly everyone said they would.

So, what's going to happen here? We are going to have parents stabbing blindly at the dose, overdosing thier childrens and wind up with far more deaths than there were originally.

NM the fact that I think children are WAYYY overmedicated anyway.

Also. I saw on a news station a segment on "what should you do for your childs cold" and they recommended using saline/nose suckers and things like vicks vapo rub and vapo mist. But Vicks vapo rub is made with Eucalyptus (which gives it it's power) and Euacalyptus can cause FATAL breathing supression in children under 2........

Again, why aren't the parents being held responsible for thier own errors. How many kids are going to suffer and possibly die now because we can't hold parents accountable?

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