Bye-bye baby cold meds; it’s back to Grandma we go. With the recent withdrawal of many baby medicines from stores, parents are at a loss to find new ways to treat their sick infants, thus leading many back to the natural remedies touted by grandmas everywhere for generations.
Oral cold and cough medicines for the under-2 age group, including many by Tylenol, PediaCare, and Triaminic, were pulled from shelves earlier this month due to reports of misuse, leading to overdose, although the products are claimed to be safe when used correctly. This tends to be tricky when it comes to the youngest children though, as many of the medicines claim to be safe for children under 2 but don’t list appropriate doses which have been tested.
The latest reports, however, suggest that the FDA might be banning all cold medicines for kids under the age of 6. This recent news comes in response to studies showing that these medications may be dangerous and often don’t even work. Which is not only scary, but difficult for parents as well. Better safe than sorry, sure, but millions of parents are left not knowing what to do instead – especially when no medicine means their child is up crying at 3 am.
So here we go back to those natural remedies – bundling, plenty of fluids, warm baths, humidifiers, vitamins, and so forth. Things that may not solve the problem the way meds would, and might mean a bad night’s sleep for everyone, but they at least guarantee your kid is safe.
Clearly, the upcoming cold season will be more challenging than ever before. At least moms know they can always rely on some sympathy, a good snuggle, and a big bowl of ice cream. And, if all else fails, send the sick kids to Grandma. She knows best, after all.