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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...
Last month I woke up with my third cold of the winter season. This one came with a cough, so I pulled out a full bottle of cough syrup I remembered having in my medicine cabinet. Imagine my surprise when I saw that it had expired in June of 2005! I decided it was time to do some spring cleaning of my medicine cabinet. Fortunately, I’ve recently learned some medication storage tips that will prevent me having to throw away full bottles of expired medicine and I’d like to share those with you. Tablets and Capsules Prescription or over-the-counter medication in tablet or dry capsule form can be frozen.
Wrap the tablets or capsules in plastic wrap and put them back into their original container.
Put that container in a plastic bag and seal the bag, expelling as much air as possible.
Write the date on the bag and pop it in your freezer.
Freezing your medications also “freezes” their expiration dates. For example, if your tablets h...
I count my blessings that Multiple Sclerosis is like a fire smoldering inside of me. Seldom does it ever rage to a full-blown blaze.
With relapsing-remitting MS , it’s as though the embers continue burning underneath the surface of my skin. The numbness in my hands. Tingling in my feet. Increased levels of fatigue.
Every day I continue doing as much as I can, from working full time as a writer/editor at Central Michigan University to serving as Jennifer’s primary caregiver and running three times each week to stay healthy. I always am in tune with my body as to not stir the MS to the point it rekindles and sparks another blaze – or relapse, if you will.
But I had no choice this last week. In the same way powerful winds spread wildfires, natural elements fanned the embers of my symptoms into hard-to-control realities.
I came down with bronchitis.
Dealing with something like this is bad enough by itself, let alone adding it on top o...
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