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      The Practicing Parent: Cough Medicine Accidents Decreasing

      W hen kids get into the medicine cabinet , it can become a dangerous situation. But, good news Practicing Parents, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control finds pulling over-the-counter infant cough and cold medications from store shelves and revising labels on others have led to fewer emergency room visits.

      I t's been six years since the makers of over-the-counter infant cough and cold medications voluntarily withdrew their products. Five years ago changes were made to labels on existing medications, which warned against use by children under age 4.

      CDC researchers found the number of adverse drug events among children less than 2-years old has been dropping since that time . T hey saw similar results among kids 2 to 3-years old.

      P ediatrician Skyler Kalady with the Cleveland Clinic says what they found after the change in labeling and packaging there was a reduction in the percentage of emergency room visits for kids less than 4 who were there for side-effects from these medications.

      R esearchers say unsupervised ingestions are still the leading cause of these things happening among small children, so further efforts to improve packaging or safe storage practices could bring the numbers down even more.

      Dr. Kalady agrees.

      "We all want all medications and all cleaning supplies stored high and locked, so a toddler could never get into them in a brief, unsupervised period of time ," she said.