Back in the field of civilian medicine, all three networks covered sniffles and sneezes. The Food and Drug Administration is being petitioned to launch a review into over-the-counter cold remedies for children. Are they safe? Are the doses correct? Do they work? ABC had correspondent Kate Snow (subscription required) file the story. She noted that the safety concerns are "surprising" for many parents since the products' packaging is obviously aimed at young children with teddy bears, smiling children, easy-to-use droppers.
CBS and NBC each assigned it to its in-house physician. CBS' Jon LaPook warned that "accidental overdoses can occur" while telling us that the recommended doses were never tested on children in the first place: they were "based on studies done on adults and then estimated for kids." NBC's Nancy Snyderman repeated expert advice that no child under six years old should take any of them. Instead of O-T-C medicine, Snow suggested "saline drops, humidifiers and a lot of T-L-C."
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