Cold meds sending fewer babies to ER

(CNN) - The number of infants and toddlers under age 2 who landed in the emergency rooms after ingesting too much over-the-counter cold medicine has dropped more than half.

In 2007 the Food and Drug Administration asked for a voluntary withdrawal of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children under age 2.

Concerns about parental misuse resulting in accidental overdose led to the withdrawal.

Now, according to a new study, published in a recent issue of Pediatrics and conducted by the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, the number of visits to emergency rooms among young children has dropped significantly after the withdrawal.

Although the overall number of emergency department visits dropped for infants, the numbers remained pretty much the same in older children.

Before and after the product withdrawal, about two-thirds of all ER visits for cough and cold medicines were the result of children ingesting these medicines unsupervised.

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