According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over-the-counter products are ineffective for treating coughs and colds in children under six, and shouldn't be given because of the risk of side effects. The FDA is echoing that parents shouldn't give the medicines to kids under two.
In the meantime, with kids already in school, chances are that the first round of sneezing and hacking has already begun, and the kids are bringing home the germs to mom and dad. Dr. Alan Greene, M.D., author of Raising Baby Green explains the conundrum, "Parents think that the FDA is taking something away from them, but they're not. The reason they took the medicines away for kids under two is because the studies have not shown that they worked any better than placebo. So, you're not losing anything."
The good news is that there are many safe and effective ways to counter cold symptoms.
Quiet a Cough: A recent study showed that buckwheat honey is an effective cough suppressor (Never g...
Definition 5-HIAA is a urine test that measures the amount of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) -- a breakdown product of a hormone called serotonin. This test tells how much 5-HIAA the body is producing. Alternative Names HIAA; 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid; Serotonin metabolite How the test is performed A 24-hour urine sample is needed. On day 1, urinate into the toilet when you get up in the morning. Afterwards, collect all urine in a special container for the next 24 hours. On day 2, urinate into the container when you get up in the morning. Cap the container. Keep it in the refrigerator or a cool place during the collection period. Label the container with your name, the date, the time of completion, and return it as instructed. For an infant, thoroughly wash the area around the urethra. Open a urine collection bag (a plastic bag with an adhesive paper on one end), and place it on the infant. For males, place the entire penis in the bag and attach the adhesive to the skin. For females, place...
Within a week of being diagnosed with breast cancer, a good
friend of mine had enough dinners to feed an army. Learning that a
friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer is shocking, and
springing into action is often how we cope. Here are creative and
helpful ideas you can be help a friend after a breast cancer
Organize meals. It sounds basic, but when a mom cant
cook meals for her family for months without becoming nauseous, it
can wreak havoc on a household. Volunteer to make sure she has
dinner each night, or let her know that youll make sure her
childrens (and husbands) lunches are prepared and
waiting for them in the carpool each day.
Good old fashioned babysitting. Whether you volunteer to
take her children for an afternoon of distraction (and giver her
some peace and quiet at home), or offer to keep one child
entertained for an afternoon so that Mom can have some coveted
special time with another child, your friends lack of en...
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