In a concession to pediatricians, drug companies said today that children under four years old should not be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. Pediatricians have expressed doubt over whether the medicine works on kids and worry about potential product liability issues with the drugs being unsafe for kids. Pediatricians have been calling for a ban on marketing medicine to children under six years old, but do believe that this change is a step in the right direction. Problems with over the counter drugs send nearly 7,000 kids to hospital ERs every year, with symptoms ranging from hives to drowsiness.
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