The FDA is now “strongly recommending” that over-the-counter cough medicines not be given to children under the age of 2.
“These medicines, which treat symptoms and not the underlying condition, have not been shown to be safe or effective in children under 2.”
My pediatrician has been saying this for years and always discouraged me from using anything other than plain Tylenol with my little ones. His emphasis wasn’t on the potential side effects but more that they don’t work and can actually prolong an illness by preventing the body from fighting it. It’s a tough temptation to give your child something to make them feel better when they feel so miserable and just cry or want to be held all the time. But our roles as parents can’t always to make it all better but rather to help them get through it — with time, plain Tylenol and plenty of liquids, just what the Dr. ordered.