FDA to Explore Safety, Efficacy of OTC Drugs in Young Children

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government will study whether over-the-counter cough and cold remedies are O-K for young kids.

Critics think there should be tougher warnings on products like Tylenol Plus Cold and Cough to better protect toddlers and preschoolers. The critics include public health officials and pediatricians.

A trade organization says the labels of every cough and cold remedy already caution parents to consult a doctor before giving the remedies to children under age two.

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported just two months ago that over 15-hundred toddlers and babies wound up in emergency rooms over a two-year period because of the drugs.

The Food and Drug Administration has never approved dosing recommendations for kids under age two.