• Avoid suggesting OTC decongestants for kids this cold and flu season

    7 monthes ago - By Healio

    Because no available evidence supports the use of over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines in young children with the common cold, and the safety of these medications remains uncertain, the authors of an editorial published today in The BMJ asked providers to not encourage the use of these products in their pediatric patients.
    Instead, the authors suggested reassuring patients and parents that these illnesses are self-limiting, and symptoms will resolve without treatment.
    “Some products that contain decongestant may improve nasal symptoms in children, but their safety, especially
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