Vicks VapoRub Harmful To Infants

OK, this is kind of creepy. I am part of a parent exchange group that regularly emails ideas, etc. on the web. A recent conversation thread has centered on Vicks VapoRub, which we all decided was harmful to use on our children. Now, a new report is s...

Study Finds Children Overmedicated on Purpose

It sounds like an episode from CSI. In fact, if I recall correctly, it was an episode of CSI. A child meets an untimely end due to being overmedicated with cough syrup. Why? The parents wanted her to calm down or be quiet or some such thing. It sou...

Are your kids snurfing?

No, it's not a mispronounced internet activity, although the internet is most likely involved. Snurf pills are herbal supplements consisting primarily of dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in cough medicines. The thing is, take enough of it and it...

Calm a cough with honey

Even before the FDA recommended that children under six years old not be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, we had given up on them with Ellie. Not only did cough medicines seem to do nothing for the cough, they often left her wide awak...

Cough syrup hurts, not helps kids, says panel

Cough syrup, the cold panacea found in every parent's medicine cabinet, may soon disappear if they heed the advice of the American College of Chest Physicians. New guidelines out Monday say that, not only do over-the-counter cough medicines fail to r...


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