need stronger measures to discourage the use of cough and colds in young children ;
About 18 percent of children still received cough and cold despite label warnings advising against use in children under six years, a new study has found.
Following the introduction of the labeling requirement 2009 Health Canada, there has been a small decline in over-the-counter cough and using cold medication children – . From 22 percent before the change
The study, published today in the Canadian Journal of Public Health was led by pediatrician Hospital of San Miguel and Dr. Jonathon Maguire researcher. The study involved about 3,500 children from 2008 to 2011, measuring cough and cold medication use before and after mandatory labeling requirement.
“We found that a large number of young children continue to receive for counter cough and cold medicines even with evidence of damage public health notices of government agencies and requirements for labeling mandatory for manufacturers, “said Dr. Maguire. “In addition, evidence suggests that these drugs are not effective in young children. With no real benefit and documented risks, may be needed stronger to restrict its use.”
In 2009, Health Canada mandated warnings about cough and cold medicines advising against use in children under six years, based on the lack of evidence on their effectiveness and damage reports and risk of adverse events. The researchers said that while this labeling standard had little effect in reducing use small children, the proportion of children who regularly receive them is still very high.
“I think many parents would be surprised to know that these drugs can be harmful to children,” said Dr. Maguire. “A better public awareness and make these more difficult to purchase readily available drugs can help reduce its use.”
Studies have shown that discouraging use of potentially harmful substances – such as snuff products – has been helped by placing them behind the counter and containers adding prominent warning labels. Dr. Maguire believes that similar strategies may be necessary to further reduce cough and cold medication use in children.
The study also found that children with younger parents and older siblings were more likely to receive the cough and cold, suggesting a need for education within this group.
“Young parents and those who use these drugs with older children before the warning Health Canada may not be aware of the change, so it is important for health professionals to publicize” he said Dr. Maguire. “When a child has a cough or cold, it is extremely difficult for families and parents are looking for some relief.”
It is prescribed patience with lots of hugs and kisses, saying coughs and colds get better with time.
The researchers asked the parents of 3,500 children under six years on the use of cough and cold medicines participating in Target Kids!, A unique collaboration among physicians and researchers children’s hospital of San Miguel and the hospital for sick children in Toronto. The program follows children from birth in order to understand and prevent common problems in the early years to minimize their impact on health and disease in the future.
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