Dosing the Diaper Set
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Not long ago, parents treated ill infants with a teaspoon of scotch or brandy. These days, 61% of parents with children between six months and two years of age treat their sick their toddlers over-the-counter cough and cold remedies, ignoring a 2008 health warning from the FDA strongly condemning the practice. According to a recent poll conducted by the University of Michigan Health System, and reported by Ed Silverman at Pharmalot.com, one of the researchers said: “We’re not blaming parents. But for over-the-counter medications that are not recommended, 61 percent is rather high.” A single clearinghouse for this kind of information would help greatly, the researcher suggested. However, Silverman reports that some parents have objected, claiming that tiny snifters of Dimetapp and Robitussin are so effective for draining little ears and chests that they eliminate the need for costly visits to the ER.