Many over the counter available cough and cold medications contain combination of a decongestant, cough suppressant, antihistamine, expectorant, or antipyretic, which are irrational. Parents administer these medications to children for giving temporary relief from the discomfort caused by the of upper respiratory infections such as runny nose, congestion, cough, and fever. As per the recommendation of US Food and Drug Administration, children under the age of two should never be given these preparations. Most of the labels of products mention that cough and cold preparations should not be given to children under the age of four. Yet the practice continues.
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