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Parents confused by medicine labels

May 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study out of Vanderbilt University Medical Center says labeling on children's over-the-counter cold medicines could pose a hazard to child safety.The lead study researcher said more clear labeling and graphics could help guide parents to avoid risks. Researchers quizzed 183 parents on four over-the-counter cold and cough medicines.

The labels said to consult a doctor if the medicine was to be used on children 2 years old.

The study found, about 86 percent of the parents thought that the medicines could be given to children younger than 2.

The parents said they were influenced by images of babies, teddy bears and the word "infant " on the labels.

The full study is in the June issue of Pediatrics.

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