Treatment for Cough and Colds Syrups could Harm
Children - Alternative Medicines
According to guidelines issued by the American College of Chest
Physicians (ACCP) and are published in the January issue of its journal
Chest, there is no clinical evidence that over-the-counter cough
expectorants or suppressants actually relieve cough.
According to a press release issued by Dr. Richard Irwin of the
University of Massachusetts "Cough is very common in children. However,
cough and cold medicines are not useful in children and can actually be
harmful. In most cases, a cough that is unrelated to chronic lung
conditions, environmental influences, or other specific factors will
resolve on its own.
"In place of these cough remedies the American Thoracic Society and the
Canadian Thoracic Society recommend the use of older antihistamines with
a decongestant. According to Fox News They specifically suggest the
antihistamine brompheniramine and the decongestant pseudoephedrine, both
found in many over-the-counter cold remedies.
People should be aware that some decongestants may raise blood
pressure. There will be warnings on the label, and it is important to
read all of the warnings first before you take the medicine.
The most common reason of a cough is post nasal drip that irritates the
According to the ACCP press release "Cough is the number one reason why
patients seek medical attention. Although an occasional cough is normal,
excessive coughing or coughing that produces blood, or thick, discolored
mucus is abnormal."
The ACCP also recommends adults up to 65 years of age receive a
vaccination for whooping cough (pertussis), a highly contagious type of
subacute cough that gets its name from the loud "whooping" noise
patients make when they cough.
According to Dr. Irwin "Although most of us were vaccinated against
whooping cough when we were children, the older vaccine only gives
protection for less than 10 years. Because the older vaccine caused
serious side effects when given to older children and adults, it was
only given to children. Fortunately, there is a now a new safe and
effective whooping cough vaccine that can prevent adults from
contracting this disease."
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