Cold meds may be dangerous to babies

Scientists say several small children taken to the emergency room after they stop breathing or lose consciousness have cold medicine in their systems.

The research covered toxicology tests performed on 274 children between 1997 and 2006. Scientists found that about 5 percent of children under the age of two had cold medicine in their urine.

However, none of the parents admitted giving the children the medicine or taking cold medicine themselves, which could be passed along through breast milk.

The study is in today's issue of Pediatrics.


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