A spoonful of medicine: the right
medication and dose are vital
recommending cough and cold productsfor kids under six years old. And theonly medications recommended fortreating fever and pain in childrenunder six are acetaminophen (such asTylenol) and ibuprofen (such as Adviland Motrin).
PADIS, Alberta’s Poison & Drug
Information Service, advises parents
to read medication labels carefully
While these OTC cold medications
don’t require a prescription, a good
dose of caution is recommended.
In 2009, Health Canada and the
Canadian Paediatric Society stopped
to make sure they give their kids
the proper dose. Two products with
the same brand name and medicinal
ingredients may have different
concentrations of the medication for
In 2010, PADIS fielded more than 1,200calls about kids and cold and coughmedications.
“Parents are concerned about side