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Health & FitStudy Says Doctors Are Prescribing Antihistamines For Children‘s Colds, Despite Little Evidence They Help

22:55  31 july  2019
22:55  31 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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"However, there is little evidence that antihistamines actually help children with colds feel better or recover faster. "Families often treat their children ' s respiratory infections with cough and cold medicines, some of which include opioid ingredients, such as codeine or hydrocodone.

"However, there is little evidence that antihistamines actually help children with colds feel better "Families often treat their children ' s respiratory infections with cough and cold medicines, some Yet the researchers also found a 25% increase in doctor recommendations for antihistamines to treat

BOSTON (CBS) – According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, doctors continue to prescribe popular over-the-counter medications for coughs and colds despite little evidence that they help.

Study Says Doctors Are Prescribing Antihistamines For Children‘s Colds, Despite Little Evidence They Help © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio Inc

Back in 2008, the FDA advised against using cough and cold medications for kids younger than 2 because they don’t tend to work and can pose safety concerns. The American Academy of Pediatrics followed suit for kids younger than 6.

Now, researchers at Rutgers University have found that since then, doctors have been less likely to recommend over-the-counter cold preparations for young kids but instead are more likely to suggest antihistamines, like Benadryl, for kids younger than 12.

Antihistamines treat allergies, but it’s not clear that they help ease cold symptoms and they can make kids sleepy.

Instead, many experts recommend over-the-counter pain and fever reducers, plenty of fluids and rest.

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