The FDA on Wednesday warned parents never to give cough and cold medications to children under age 2 unless instructed to do so by a doctor. The medications have been blamed for hundreds of injuries and a handful of deaths in children under age 2. Many parents ignore the labels warning against this.
Cold medicines in high doses can affect the heart, and lead to arrhythmia’s. Some medicines have been associated with high blood pressure and strokes. In rare cases children have been injured when given recommended doses. Some of the injuries and deaths resulted when parents gave two different products to their child, not realizing that both contained identical medicines, resulting in an overdose.