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New Labeling For Kid's Over-The-Counter Medicines

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Problems with over-the-counter cough and cold medicines send nearly 7,000 children to emergency rooms every year. Now, new labeling will warn parents not to give these medicines to children under four. \r\n\r\nFor years pediatricians have questioned the safety of over-the-counter drugs on young children. \r\n\r\n"We really have always advised against using mixed agents, said Doctor Katherine Konzen.\r\n\r\nMany over-the-counter drugs combine different medicines.\r\n\r\nAnd Doctor Katherine Konzen, Medical Director at Rady Children's Urgent Care Centers has seen the results.\r\n\r\n"The real problem is that the overdose in children especially under the age of four," said Doctor Konzen. "That's very true and you see all kinds of side effect from those from hallucinations to seizures to even fatality.'\r\n\r\nNow, U.S. manufacturers of over-the-counter cold and cough medicines are voluntarily changing their labeling to warn "do not use" in children under four.\r\n\r\n"The industry has been very wise to just suggest that these not be given to children," Doctor Konzen noted.\r\n\r\nAt Operation Samaha on Highland Avenue in National City, Doctor Maria Terese Villa is treating patients with MRSA skin infections. Symptoms include a sore, redness, swelling and pain around the affected area.\r\n\r\nThese infections can be minor or very serious. The treatment for this condition includes a regiment of antibiotics. \r\n\r\nAt San Diego Family Care on Polk Avenue in mid-city, Doctor Diana Marquardt is seeing patients with upper respiratory infections or the common cold.\r\n\r\nThe main symptoms are sore throat, cough, nasal congestion and sneezing. Doctors recommend drinking lots of fluids and resting. Over-the-counter cold medicines may help symptoms.\r\n\r\nAlways consult your health care provider before taking these medicines, especially before giving to children. \r\n\r\nAt the Vista Community Clinic on Vale Terrace Drive, Doctor Kelly Motadel is treating patients with herpangina, which is a viral illness. Symptoms include painful ulcers or lesions in the mouth, fever, and difficulty swallowing.\r\n\r\nDoctors may recommend acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms.
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