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Use of over-the-counter medicines for young children in Australia.

Authors
  • Trajanovska, Misel
  • Manias, Elizabeth
  • Cranswick, Noel
  • Johnston, Linda
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
46
Issue
1-2
Pages
5–9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01609.x
PMID: 19943869
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Most parents had used at least one OTC medicine to manage childhood symptoms. Of concern is that over 40% of parents had used cough and cold products for their young child, despite a lack of evidence surrounding their efficacy. In order to minimise risks associated with OTC medicine use, particularly cough and cold products, health-care providers need to continue the provision of current evidence-based information to parents regarding safe and appropriate use of medicines for their child.

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