The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory on August 15 warning parents to not give over-the-counter cold and cough medicines to children younger than 2 years and to use several precautions when using them in older children (http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/advisory/cough_cold.htm). The advisory comes in the wake of increasing reports of serious injuries and deaths among infants and toddlers treated with these drugs.
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