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STUDY: Parents putting young kids at risk with cold medicine

Cold medicine

When little ones get sick, parents will do just about anything to help them feel better.

But new research shows many parents are actually putting their children at risk when trying to help.

According to a new poll, 40 percent of people surveyed have given over-the-counter cough and cold medicine to a child under 4-years-old.

This is despite recommendations by the FDA and the manufacturers that the medication not be used by infants or toddlers under 4.

Experts said that’s because the medicine has not been proven effective for young children and may cause serious side effects.

Parents should always call their child’s pediatrician with any dosing questions.